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Walker signs sex offender placement bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that creates uniform restrictions on where violent sex offenders can live.

Municipalities currently use local ordinances to create zones where sex offenders can’t live. The bill creates statewide regulations barring violent sex offenders from living within 1,500 feet of any school, day care, youth center, church or public park.

Sex offenders who committed crimes against children can’t live next door to children. Sex offenders who committed crimes against an elderly or disabled person can’t live within 1,500 feet of a nursing home or other assisted living facility.

Local ordinances will generally remain enforceable.

Walker signed the bill privately on Monday.

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