- Associated Press - Thursday, May 4, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Legislation to prevent sex offenders from concentrating in one Rhode Island city is angering politicians in another.

The state House voted 59-8 on Thursday to pass a bill that would prevent registered sex offenders from forming more than 10 percent of the population of a state-funded homeless shelter.

The bill’s sponsor, Cranston Republican Rep. Robert Lancia, says the Harrington Hall homeless shelter in his city has become a place of last resort for sex offenders from around the state.

But several Providence Democrats railed against the bill during a debate on the House floor Thursday. They say it would effectively dump more offenders into their neighborhoods.

Lancia and other proponents say it’s meant to benefit the entire state. The bill now moves to the Senate.

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