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Roberson emergency bill mirrors Laxalt sex offender measure

Updated May 26, 2017 - 1:58 pm

CARSON CITY — Senate Minority Leader Michael Roberson introduced legislation Friday to impose conditions on sex offenders who are subject to lifetime supervision.

Roberson used his ability as minority leader to request the emergency measure, which he said mirrors Assembly Bill 59, introduced this session by Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt. That bill was never heard.

Senate Bill 542 was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Laxalt’s bill would have established conditions to be imposed on sex offenders placed under a program of lifetime supervision, or released on parole, probation or a suspended sentence.

Roberson, R-Henderson, said his bill is a “common sense public safety measure” that will protect Nevada communities from sex offenders.

The need for the bill stems from a Nevada Supreme Court decision issued in July 2016 called McNeill v. State. The decision held that the Division of Parole and Probation does not have the authority to impose certain conditions on sex offenders.

“We cannot play political games with public safety,” Roberson said. “This session will go down as the most pro-felon in history, it’s time we stand up for safer communities and ensure sex offenders are held accountable.

“This measure will expand the authority and ability of the Division of Parole and Probation to keep our communities safe,” he said. “This would allow for stricter supervision of sex offenders and enumerates offenses that prosecutors can use to charge offenders who violate the law.”

Laxalt’s bill included conditions allowing for searches of an offender’s residence and property without warrants, curfew requirements and requirements to participate in programs.

Laxalt said in a statement: “With widespread statewide support from district attorneys and law enforcement, it is my hope that legislators will put politics aside to carefully consider the lasting impact this measure will have on supervising dangerous members of our communities and keeping our most vulnerable safe from sexual predators.”

Contact Sean Whaley at swhaley@reviewjournal.com or 775-461-3820. Follow @seanw801 on Twitter.

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