BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ A Senate committee has advanced a bill that
would require parents designated as sex offenders to notify public
school officials before stepping on school grounds.
The Senate Judiciary and Rules Committee unanimously passed a measure Monday that gives school administrators more latitude in regulating access to sex offenders. The bill now goes to the Senate for debate.
Republican Rep. Erik Simpson of Idaho Falls says the goal is to
make schools safer for children, but also give parents registered
as offenders more opportunity to interact in schools.
School officials would have the authority to grant, deny or
restrict access to those individuals.
Supporters say they like the idea of giving school
administrators the flexibility to determine an offender's access to
school events on a case by case basis.