Sen. Jones bill to keep sex offenders away from schools

Sen. Rick Jones

Sen. Rick Jones

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Rick Jones announced on Monday that he is introducing legislation to restore a law prohibiting sex offenders from going within 1,000 feet of a school.

“A federal judge has ruled that Michigan’s law is not clear. As a result, sex offenders of all kinds can once again hang around our schoolyards,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “Whether the convicted sex offender is a flasher or a pedophile, they have no business hanging out at the local school playground and leering at children.

“I have worked hard with attorneys to draft a bill that will protect our children and still meet the federal guidelines.”

Senate Bill 581 is expected to be sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration.

Jones serves as chair of the committee and plans to move quickly on the bill, with a hearing soon on the problem.