- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A North Kingstown lawmaker has introduced a wide-ranging bill on registration and other requirements for sex offenders.

Democratic Rep. Robert Craven says the bill includes clarifying when sex offenders have to register and under what circumstances the public is notified.

Craven, a lawyer, says he was asked by the attorney general’s office to sponsor the bill. He says sex offenders have sued over ambiguities in the law.

Craven says the bill makes it “crystal clear” that sex offenders can be required to register even if their offense was committed before the registration requirement was put into place.

His bill was transferred to the House Finance Committee.

Craven and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin say if it passes, the public, especially children, will be better protected from sexual predators.

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