House Panel OKs Marking Licenses of Violent Felons

ATLANTA (AP) - A House panel has unanimously approved
legislation that would allow for a code to be placed on the drivers
licenses of felons showing they'd been convicted of certain violent
crimes.

The measure has a high-profile backer. House Speaker David Ralston testified on Wednesday in support of the bill, saying it would help protect law enforcement by alerting them that they're dealing with a violent criminal.

The bill that passed on Wednesday was watered down from an
earlier version that would have stamped "Convicted Felon" on the
licenses of all felons out on probation.

The new bill applies only to those convicted of the so-called seven deadly sins, such as murder, rape and aggravated child molestation. It would use a code that would remain in place for the length of their sentence.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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