INDIANAPOLIS – A proposal by State Senator Frank Mrvan (D-Hammond) to establish a Level 6 penalty for a convicted sex offender entering school grounds cleared the Senate floor Thursday.

“It is important that our children are protected in every way possible,” Sen. Mrvan said. “Schools are no place for those who have been previously convicted of serious crimes involving children and we ought to strengthen provisions ensuring that.”

SB 522 allows that if a sex offender has a polling place located on school property, the individual would be notified before an election with the opportunity to vote by mail or be provided transportation to an alternative voting center.

“We don’t want to take away anyone’s constitutional right with this bill, thus the alternative voting options,” Sen. Mrvan said. “We are 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 infraction charges and voting alternatives. This issue was brought to Sen. Mrvan’s attention by both his constituents and reports from a local news outlet.

The Senate voted unanimously on the proposal which will now be sent to the House of Representatives for further 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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