Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: March 8, 2006
Senator Jonathan Nichols
Bill Protecting Daycare Children from Predators Passes
Legislation by Sen. Jonathan
Nichols would create a “Zone of Safety”
around the children who attend daycare centers in Oklahoma,
making it illegal for sexual predators to live within
2,000 feet of a licensed daycare facility. Senate Bill
1708, by Nichols, R-Norman, passed unanimously in the
Senate on Wednesday.
“This bill will provide additional
protection for our children when we drop them off at
daycare centers in the morning,” said Nichols.
“We need to make sure that these predators can’t
live near these facilities or be around these facilities.”
In 2003, Sen. Nichols had introduced
legislation which led to a new law creating a “Zone
of Safety” around elementary and junior high schools,
public parks and playgrounds, banning those convicted
of sexual crimes against children from lurking near
places where children are most likely to be found.
SB 1708 will be a strong tool for rooting
out sexual predators in smaller, rural communities,
Nichols said. Though some rural communities may not
have many schools or public playgrounds, a number of
licensed daycare centers in rural areas are operated
as home-based businesses. SB 1708 would extend the “Zone
of Safety” around those home-based daycare facilities
to encompass even more residential neighborhoods where
children live and play.
Nichols thanked Sen. Charlie Laster,
D-Shawnee, for adding an amendment to the bill that
would make it illegal for a convicted child molester
who has served their sentence to come back and live
in the same house as the child they had previously abused.
“That was a great idea,”
said Nichols. “Sen. Laster’s amendment made
a good bill even stronger.”
SB 1708 will next be considered by the
Oklahoma House of Representatives.
more information contact:
Senator Nichol's Office - (405) 521-5535