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Calif. rejects limits on sex offender Internet use

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Legislation that would have banned registered sex offenders from using social networking websites has died in an Assembly committee.

On Friday, the Assembly Appropriations Committee held two Democratic bills on the issue because of cost concerns. The measures needed the panel's approval to be considered by the full Assembly next week.

A bill by Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani of Tracy would have prohibited sex offenders from using the Internet to look at pornography, social networking sites or communicate with a minor.

A Galgiani spokesman says monitoring the online activity of sex offenders could have cost the state as much as $20 million a year.

A more limited bill by Assemblywoman Norma Torres of Pomona would have banned sex offenders from online social networking websites.


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