Rep. Bill Hilty The Lone Dissenter For Passage Of Emergency Sex Offender BIll (Audio)

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012 at 8:47 am

The Minnesota State House has passed an emergency bill to close a loophole in sex offender law in response to the upcoming release of child molester Clarence Opheim.

The House passed the bill Monday in a 127-1 vote, with Rep. Bill Hilty (DFL) as the lone dissenter. This bill essentially requires the state to now notify communities when a sex offender moves into a local halfway house, which was a previous loophole in the law.

WCMP spoke with Rep. Hilty about his vote, and here is what he said:

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Opheim will move soon from the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter to a halfway house in the Twin Cities area. The convicted child molester previously admitted to molesting 29 children but has been deemed fit for release.

The Senate will soon take up an identical bill. Gov. Mark Dayton says he will support the bill. It would go into effect the day after it’s signed.

2 Comments

  1. PC MOTHER 02/21/12 at 11:43am

    I don’t believe that children being molested is constitutional either.

  2. Mainstream1 02/21/12 at 7:08pm

    Well guess what, Rep. Hilty, you don’t represent Moose Lake any more after the new district maps were revealed today. So you lost your constituency in the Moose Lake Sex Offender Program. Now, should you run again, you get to explain to your new constituents in southern Pine and Kanabec County why you chose to protect the rights of sex offenders over the rights of families to know when one of these animals is released in their neighborhoods. Talk about committee process all you want, you had the chance to do the right thing, and you failed.

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