0525807rep-lykam-2007reducedOn a 93-3 vote, the Iowa House approved a bill today to make Iowa’s sex offender laws stronger, smarter, and more effective.

“I’m proud of the bi-partisan effort today that will protect our kids from dangerous sexual predators. We’ve listened to law enforcement officials across Iowa who requested that we update our sex offender laws to make them both smarter and tougher,” said State Representative Jim Lykam of Davenport, who helped author the bill and chairs the House Public Safety Committee.

Senate File 340, the Adam Walsh Child Safety & Protection Act, was approved by the Iowa Senate on a unanimous vote last night. Some of the highlights include: better tracking of the most dangerous sex offenders; new exclusion zones for child sex offenders to keep them away from schools, daycares, and parks; and new work and volunteer restrictions for child sex offenders at places with children.

Iowans can track sex offenders in their neighborhood on Iowa’s sex offender registry at www.iowasexoffender.com. The bill now goes to the Governor.