ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — House Speaker Kurt Zellers says the House will use emergency steps to pass legislation to close a loophole in sex offender notification law.

Under current law, the public must be notified about the release of a sex offender but not if the offender is released to a halfway house first. The bill would close the gap. It’s a response to the upcoming release of sex offender Clarence Opheim to a Twin Cities halfway house.

Zellers on Friday urged Gov. Mark Dayton to push for support among Democrats. Dayton says he would support the measure as long as it is limited in scope.

A two-thirds vote is required to consider a bill on an accelerated timetable. House Minority Leader Paul Thissen says Democrats will join Republicans in speeding it up.

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Comments (5)
  1. oNiSaC says:

    Keep in mind there are different levels of offenders. There are also different degress of sexual behavior.

    There are treatments, threapy, counseling, and punishments that are more effective than others.

    Plus every offender is different emotionally and mentally and have different needs to be cured. Some simply need to stay away from street drugs. Others have other needs for effective treatment.

    One treatment for all offenders is not effective for all offenders. Its up to the counselors and thearpists to issue effective treatment. And positve or negitive results.

    If treatment isn’t ever effect why bother with it?

  2. G Dog says:

    If he is a Democrat and stole a pencil, the GOP will open an investigation that makes the McCarthy hearing look like a kangaroo court. Maybe if Amy Koch was doing the sex offender in her Senate office, the GOP would want to “put it behind them:.”

  3. James D says:

    Why even let them out at all?! I think that the punishment for sex offenders, especially ones that have harmed children should be death. Nothing less. Obviously these people are messed up in a way that is beyond repair. We should put them down like we would with any animal that is a threat to citizens. I know some people will disagree with me on this. And I say they are all weak. This world needs to be more strict with this kind of offender. If you commit a sexual crime. Death should be your punishment. Plain and simple. In fact I would even save the state money. They provide the bullets, I’ll provide the service of dispatching these animals.

    1. Fish says:

      People with that kind of hate, the kind you have, should also be in jail.

  4. sue says:

    But yet we let these gang members out, we should be looking at them and what they are getting away with!!

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