Iowa Gov. Chet Culver has signed new legislation prohibiting sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet from places where children gather. The new restriction is limited to certain sex offenders based of the severity of their crime. From the Chicago Tribune:
The measure signed Thursday by Culver retains a ban on sex offenders living within 2,000 feet of places like schools, libraries and day care centers, but it limits that restriction to those who have committed the most severe crimes against children.
In addition, the measure puts in place a ban on offenders entering those facilities without permission, and it establishes a 300-foot "no loiter" zone around such sites. The Corrections Department will have the authority to decide which offenders can be required to wear electronic monitoring devices letting officials track their movements.
The measure was a carefully crafted compromise that was bargained throughout this year's legislative session.
"There's no place in Iowa for those who abuse our children," said Culver. "This has been in the works for years."