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Joint | June 16, 2016 | Press Room | Newton Press Conference

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[BLANK_AUDIO] Hello Larry. One, two, three, four. One, two, three four, five One two. >> Let me check [BLANK-AUDIO] One two three four is that correct [BLANK_AUDIO] [BLANK_AUDIO] [BLANK_AUDIO] [BLANK_AUDIO] [BLANK_AUDIO] [BLANK_AUDIO] [INAUDIBLE] [INAUDIBLE] I think everybody is here. Ggood morning? I appreciate you all coming. The reason I'm here today is because of attorney general has dropped the ball/g on another issue and it's of critical safety for our children that we address it. So I had drafted To legislation that we are entitling the Jessica Lunsford Act restoration to protect our children from sex offenders, and here's why the legislation is necessary. In August the 2013, five registered sex offenders Has filed a complaint against the state arguing that the act of those past back in 2009 violated their constitutional right. In December of 2015 US federal district court judge James Bailey sided against our attorney general's weak defence Defense of his law and order North Carolina law enforcement not to enforce the provision of the Jessica iii act that banned sex offenders from being quote, any place where minors gather for regularly scheduled educational, recreational or social programs Then this April Judge [UNKNOWN] again signed against coopers defense with another provision of the same law,

this time he even chided/g or I don't know how you wanna characterize/g it, decided the attorney general's failure to present better evidence in their explanation in defense of the case The case and I'll provide you with more explanation of this after the press conference. But after this recent ruling from Judge Badey/g it became clear to me and some of us here at legislature that basically we were gonna have to step up and so something about this and that attorney general Cooper And his office was not doing a good job defending the case and we had to do something to keep our children safe from these dangerous sex offenders. So that's why I've drafted this legislation and here's what the restoration act does Registered sex offenders and others who have been deemed to be a threat to children, again would be banned from schools, daycare centers, churches, playgrounds, recreational parks and other places where children gather. Further registered sex offenders who are threat to our children, will iii the banned from being 300 feet to places that are located in malls shopping centers and other public property and that are intended primarily for the use care supervision of children and minors. We reinstate this by clarifying the two concerns that we see raised by judge. His injunctions, one that unconstitutionally vague concern providing examples, we provide examples of places where minors frequently congregate "Including but not limited to arcades, amusement parks, recreation parks, swimming pools and applying The provision that when minors are present. So sex offenders are banned when from those places when minors are present. The second unconstitutionally over broad/g concern that he raised was limiting the 300 foot rules to offenders whose victims are under the age Of 18 and also to offenders who have been found by court to present or possibly present a danger to minors under the age of 18 in any legal preceding. Look, there's nothing more important than keeping our children safe and [INAUDIBLE] Out of the reach of dangerous sex offenders and child abusers. It's a crucial importance to the state of North Carolina and our families. [BLANK_AUDIO] If this bill protects one child, it will be well worth it. I appreciate the law enforcement committee that has joined me here today and my fellow Legislators is a busy time and this was a little bit short notice for many folks and I appreciate them in joining me here today. This Bill will be heard shortly in the judiciary one committee here in the senate where we expect to carry it over and till next week where we Have more comment on it and see if there is ways to improve it further and develop why this is of such critical need. And we will provide the documentation that I talked about earlier. This time I'd be happy to answer any questions. [BLANK_AUDIO] If there are any. [BLANK_AUDIO] Okay, well thank you very much then. If there are no questions, we can be reached later on if there are follow up question. Thank you very much. [BLANK_AUDIO] [BLANK_AUDIO] [BLANK_AUDIO] [BLANK_AUDIO] [BLANK_AUDIO] [BLANK_AUDIO]

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