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Assembly OKs Sex Offender Bill After Second Day Of Wrangling

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Sacramento, CA — The state Assembly has approved a Democrat´s bill to raise penalties for sex offenses.

Tuesday´s 49 to nothing vote overcame a roadblock by Republicans who contended the bill wouldn´t go far enough.

48 Democrats and one Republican, Assemblywoman Shirley Horton of San Diego, supported the bill. The other Republicans abstained.

The bill failed last Thursday with all 32 Republicans abstaining, but it was amended to remove appropriations that required a two-thirds majority of the 80-seat Assembly to pass.

The bill would authorize a series of new penalties for sex offenses, particularly those involving children. Republicans castigated it as a weaker alternative to an initiative that is being circulated for the November ballot.