New legislation requiring school districts to notify parents about the presence of sex offenders in their community once the district is notified by law enforcement officials, has passed in the New York State Senate.
The legislation, sponsored by New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, provides funding to reimburse school districts for their costs related to complying with the requirement. The bill will now be considered in the State Assembly.
“Megan’s Law requires that Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders register with local law enforcement agencies,” Senator LaValle said in a press release. “The law enforcement agencies may distribute information including the offender’s name, picture, address, location of employment and background information.”
In the statement, Mr. LaValle cites the essential nature of the bill due to a high rate of recidivism among sex offenders. Currently, the information is available to the public, but Mr. LaValle feels that many parents are not aware of this, or do not know where to look to find the information.
“Sending the offenders’ profiles to the parents in the school district provides an extra assurance that each household has the invaluable information that could protect their children from dangerous predators.” Mr. LaValle said.