Ark. panel advances sex offender measures

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - An Arkansas Senate panel has advanced a measure barring sex offenders from swimming pools and playground at state parks and another that would impose a fee on new residents who are required to register as sex offenders.

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday endorsed the measures, which head to the Senate for a vote.

The panel backed a bill by Republican Sen. Missy Irvin of Mountain View that would prohibit Level 3 and Level 4 sex offenders from being at a swimming area or children's playground located within a state park.

The committee also endorsed a bill by Republican Sen. Jon Woods of Springdale that would require sex offenders who have moved from another state to pay a $250 fee. The money would help pay for the sex offender registry.

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