- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) - Pasco County commissioners are following the lead of other Florida counties in trying to make it more difficult for registered sex offenders to live in the community.

The Tampa Bay Times reports (https://bit.ly/1ubeWYI) commissioners are debating an ordinance prohibiting convicted sex offenders from living within 2,500 feet of schools, school bus stops, playgrounds, day care centers, libraries, nursing homes or assisted living facilities.

State law now sets that distance at 1,000 feet and applies it only to schools, playgrounds and day care centers.

If approved by the commission, the ordinance would restrict newly released offenders, but it would exclude the 871 registered sexual offenders currently residing in the county.

The proposal is modeled after a Miami-Dade County ordinance that’s being challenged in federal court by the American Civil Liberties Union.

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