Okla. House panel eyes sex offender penalties

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Associated Press

Posted on March 19, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 19 at 7:04 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Convicted sex offenders who fail to register with law enforcement would face a minimum of five years in prison under a bill approved by a House committee over the objections of opponents who say it will only make state prison overcrowding worse.

The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday voted 10-3 for the bill by Republican Rep. Leslie Osborn of Mustang. The bill already has passed the Senate and now heads to the full House for consideration.

Judges currently can sentence offenders to a maximum of five years in prison for failing to register, but Osborn says most receive 90 days and are released with electronic monitoring.

Her bill initially would have required a minimum of 10 years in prison, but was amended to five years.

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