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Committee backs bill to expand sex offender registration

ST. PAUL — A House committee unanimously supported a bill with its roots in western Minnesota that would require any sex offender who is required to register elsewhere to register when he moves to the state.

The bill by Rep. Jay McNamar, D-Elbow Lake, would expand Minnesota law to require registration by any sex offender who must register under federal or tribal law or by another state's law, even if the person did not commit a crime that would have required him to register in Minnesota.

John Kingrey of the Minnesota County Attorneys' Association said the bill stems from a Traverse County case. A North Dakotan convicted of indecent exposure, who was required to register in his home state, moved to the county and authorities did not have the power to make him register in Minnesota.

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