Sex offender restrictions survive Sanford's veto - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Sex offender restrictions survive Sanford's veto

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A law putting limitations on where sex offenders can live in the state is now law after initially being vetoed by Gov. Mark Sanford.

The bill has two main points: putting the same limitations on where sex offenders can live across the state rather than letting cities and counties decide the rules.

"So you don't have Columbia doing one thing, Charleston doing another thing. It's 1,000 feet statewide. Law enforcement understands that so they can enforce it and convicted offenders understand that so they know where they can live," said Rep. Joan Brady during Tuesday's debate on the issue.

The governor and lawmakers are both on board with those restrictions, but here's where they disagree.

Right now under South Carolina law, if a sex offender does not register, they will spend 90 days in jail.

Under the new plan, a spokesman for the governor says that penalty is dropped to 30 days and that's why it was vetoed.

One of the bill's sponsors says the penalty was dropped to allow the cases to move through court system more quickly.

The governor's spokesman says we can have both if the bill is redone next year.

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