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Posted: February 10, 2009 3:03 p.m.

Bill would keep sex offenders off school boards

ATLANTA (AP) — Registered sex offenders would not be allowed to run for or serve on a school board in Georgia under legislation that passed in the state Senate.

State Sen. John Douglas sponsored the measure that passed unanimously Tuesday.

Douglas, a Republican from Social Circle, says he was spurred by a 2008 incident in his Newton County district where a convicted pedophile unsuccessfully sought a seat on the local school board.

He says the legislation would stop sex offenders from using a seat on the school board to gain access to children.

"I was delighted to see the Senate line up behind a common sense bill that will prevent a repeat of the spectacle we saw last spring in Newton County," said Douglas. "No other community will have to endure the embarrassment of having a convicted pedophile attempt to win a seat on the local board of education should this bill receive final passage. I hope the House of Representatives will swiftly act on this bill and look forward to it becoming the law in Georgia."

It now moves to the House.

 

Jennifer T. Long contributed to this article.

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