Miss. House OKs bill to update sex-offender laws

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — The Mississippi House of Representatives has passed a bill to revise the state law regarding the registration of sex offenders.

The legislation would bring the state into compliance with national requirements and preserve access to federal funding. The bill would amend certain definitions, clarify the responsibilities of state and local officials and of convicted sex offenders, and lay out penalties for violations.

Rep. Kimberly Campbell Buck, D-Jackson, said Wednesday the changes would ensure that Mississippi remains eligible for federal Justice Assistance Grants, which support a variety of state and local programs to carry out law enforcement and crime prevention.

The bill earlier passed the Senate and is now headed to the governor’s desk.

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The bill is S.B. 2032.