Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: February 14, 2006
Sen. Glenn Coffee
Neighborhood Protection Against Sex Offenders Act Goes
to Full Senate
The full Senate will soon vote on a measure
to give neighborhoods across the state greater protection
from rapists and child molesters. Sen. Glenn
Coffee is author of Senate Bill 1754, which would
create the Neighborhood Protection Against Sex Offenders
Act. The bill won approval in the Senate Business and
Labor Committee on Monday.
"There are many businesses that send employees
out into residences where children, elderly or vulnerable
adults live. We want to make sure those businesses notify
the owners of a residence before a convicted sex offender
is sent to do work in that home or facility," said
Coffee, R-Oklahoma City.
Under the provisions of SB 1754, businesses that send
employees into residences would be required to verify
whether their employees are listed on the state's sex
offenders' registry. If the employee is a registered
sex offender, the employer must provide written notice
identifying that employee, the business and why they
will be doing work in that neighborhood.
"I have four young children at home. If a company
I was doing business with sent an electrician, a plumber
or anyone else who would be working inside my house,
I'd certainly want to know if that person was a registered
sex offender," Coffee said.
"If the sex offender knows their background is
being made available, I think it will dramatically reduce
the odds of that individual taking advantage of their
job to commit further sex crimes. I believe that will
help make our neighborhoods and our families safer."
more information contact:
Senate Republican Leadership Assistant's Office - (405)