AUGUSTA – There’s a bill making its way through the Maine Legislature that will make it illegal for sex offenders to live close to a public park.
Currently, some Maine towns have local laws dictating where sex offenders can live, but there’s no statewide restriction on residency.
If this bill is approved into law it would establish a 750-foot zone around public parks where sex offenders would not be allowed to reside.
The issue was brought to the legislature at the request of the Madawaska town manager Gary Picard.
He said Madawaska police fielded questions from townspeople who were concerned about some registered sex offenders living too close to a town park. Picard stated “It’s where they lived. And being too close to municipal parks. It’s a procedure that they would check that out. Check out where they were staying. Making sure they were in compliance with our local ordinance.”
Lawmakers are expected to vote on the bill in the next couple of weeks.