TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson has signed
legislation expanding the list of crimes that land people on the
sex offender registry for life.
Parkinson signed the bill Tuesday. The new law takes effect July 1.
Kansas already requires lifetime sex offender registration for people convicted of committing such as rape, sodomy and sexual exploitation of a child.
Under the new law, people convicted of attempting, conspiring or soliciting those and other sex crimes will also have to register
Parkinson said the new law will make communities safer.
“Keeping our communities safe is one of my utmost priorities as governor; therefore, I am glad to sign this legislation that helps keep Kansans informed about people living in their neighborhoods,” Parkinson said. “Sex offenders commit some of the most heinous acts in our society to many times the most vulnerable. It is critical that these offenders remain registered for the rest of their life in order to better protect Kansas families, and I appreciate the swift work of the legislature in getting this bill passed.”
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