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Origins of a flawed ordinance

Thursday, February 21, 2008
Time: 1:28 PM

As a follow-up to my re-posting on the sex offender debate, here's highlights of the Democrats attempting to fix the zone-hopping loophole int he ordinance only to be blocked by the Republicans.

To recap:

Several attempts by Democrats to offer amendments, which would have addressed several problems with the proposal, were dismissed by the Republican majority at the ad-hoc committee (which was noted by 5th Ward Council member Duane Perkins). During the Common Council meeting, in an attempt re-visit several problems with the ordinance, Tom Saadi offered an amendment to fix one of the various loopholes in the ordinance (note the portion in bold):
Mr. Saadi moved to amend the main motion to change the language in Section (3) Enforcement Procedure, that reads “If the person refuses to leave or is later found to be in the same Child Safety Zone....” to “If the person refuses to leave or is later found to be in “a” or “any” Child Safety Zone....”. Seconded by Mr. Chianese. Mr. Saadi stated that the current language would allow offenders to “zone hop”.
Zone Hop basically means the following:
As the ordinance is written, if a sex offender is in a Child Safety Zone, the police will give one warning; if that person is caught in the same Child Safety Zone a second time, then he'll gets a slap on the wrist by the police.

In other words, under the current language, the offender is only slapped on the wrist if he's found in the same Saftey Zone two times.

Here's the smaller video file focusing on the highlights of the debate surrounding the zone-hopping loophole.

You can watch the entire debate on the sex offender ordinance by clicking here. Later, I'll show you what happened AFTER this flawed ordinance was approved.

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