Bill would keep sex offenders off school boards

ATLANTA (AP) - Registered sex offenders would not be allowed to
run for or serve on a school board in Georgia under legislation
that passed in the state Senate.

State Sen. John Douglas sponsored the measure that passed
unanimously Tuesday.

Douglas, a Republican from Social Circle, says he was spurred by
a 2008 incident in his Newton County district where a convicted
pedophile unsuccessfully sought a seat on the local school board.

He says the legislation would stop sex offenders from using a
seat on the school board to gain access to children.

It now moves to the House.

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