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Riverside County to repeal sex-offender ordinance

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) -- To avoid a lawsuit, Riverside County is taking steps to repeal an ordinance that sets rules on where sex offenders can live or visit.

The Press-Enterprise reports (http://bit.ly/1m90RuE) county supervisors gave preliminary approval last week to repeal of the law because an appeals court has invalidated similar ordinances in other municipalities.

The county ordinance sets limits on where parolees could live and how close they could come to schools, parks and child care centers. The court said such laws are unnecessary because local ordinances regulating sex offenders are trumped by state law.

County counsel insisted that the 2010 law be repealed because a legal group has been suing other counties that had passed similar ordinances.

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Information from: The Press-Enterprise, http://www.pe.com

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