Chafee signs law restricting employment of sex offenders

PROVIDENCE, R.I. undefined Carnivals, arcades, movie theaters, public libraries, beaches and pools are among the facilities banned from hiring registered sex offenders as employees under a new law signed by Governor Chafee on Wednesday. The bill groups those facilities and a number of others into a category called “child-safe zones.” Any entity falling into that category cannot hire any individual who is a registered sex offender or should have registered as a sex offender. The law applies to offenders from any state whose victims were minors. Chafee signed the legislation, but urged the General Assembly to consider future revisions to the law he described as vague and overly broad.

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