HELENA - The House solidly endorsed a bill Friday that would prevent juvenile sex offenders from living near schools, public parks, or daycares.
The measure was endorsed 91-9. Before moving to the Senate, it must still pass one more largely ceremonial reading in the House.
The bill would extend the same limitations in place for adult sex offenders to juveniles rated most likely to re-offend.
If offenders complete treatment and their living situation is approved by their treatment officer, the bill allows the new restrictions to be waived.
Republican Rep. Ray Hawk of Florence is the bill's sponsor. He says the need for it came to his attention when he learned a juvenile offender was living within 30 feet of a school playground in his district.