- Associated Press - Monday, May 18, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The New York state Senate has voted to create a public list of those convicted of violent felonies similar to the existing sex offender registry.

The proposal is intended to prevent future crimes, and in particular domestic violence, by allowing people to check if a new acquaintance has a violent past.

The legislation is named Brittany’s Law after Brittany Passalacqua (pass-ah-LAW’-kwah), a 12-year-old from Geneva who was murdered in 2009 along with her mother by her mother’s then boyfriend. The boyfriend had a prior conviction for a violent felony.

The Senate passed the bill Monday. Similar legislation is pending in the Assembly but no vote has been scheduled.

Critics argue a registry could stigmatize ex-offenders and make it harder for them to secure jobs and housing after they are released.

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