INDIANAPOLIS – A proposal by State Senator Frank Mrvan (D-Hammond) to strengthen penalties for convicted sex offenders entering school grounds during elections recently cleared the House of Representatives. The penalty would be enhanced to a Level 6 felony under Senate Bill (SB) 522.

“We must do everything in our power to keep our school children safe,” Sen. Mrvan said. “This law is about closing a loophole and taking the right steps to accomplish these safety matters.”

SB 522 would require a sex offender with a polling place located on school property to be notified before Election Day to vote by mail or arrange for transportation to an alternative voting center. Current law states that serious sex offenders are not allowed on school grounds.

“We don’t want to take away anyone’s constitutional right with this bill, which is why there are alternative voting options,” Sen. Mrvan said. “We are, however, focused on maintaining a high level of safety for all of our children.”

Under SB 522, the Department of Corrections would be required to inform a serious sex offender at the time of discharge of the alternative and voting requirements.

After passing both the Senate and the House of Representatives, the proposal now moves to the governor for final consideration.

Mrvan represents Indiana Senate District 1 which includes portions of Lake County. District 1 communities include Hammond, Munster, Highland, Dyer, Schererville and Griffith as well as two precincts in Crown Point. For more information on Sen. Mrvan his legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit www.IN.gov/S1.

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