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