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Lampitt Seeks Restrictions on Sex Offenders

Courier Post
Adam Smeltz
June 12, 2009

When the state Supreme Court last month shot down local residency restrictions on sex offenders in Cherry Hill and other towns, Assemblywoman Pamela R. Lampitt didn't accept defeat.

Instead, the Cherry Hill Democrat said, the court ruling gave the issue renewed urgency. She and legislative allies in Trenton worried that the residency question "would go away" if left alone too long.

This month, she and a half-dozen other Assembly members have signed on as primary sponsors of a fresh attempt to limit where sex offenders can live. The bill, now under consideration in the Assembly, would give municipalities an option to ban the most serious convicted sex offenders from living within 500 feet of any school, playground or child-care center. Those with low-level convictions -- classified as Tier 1 offenders -- would not be affected.

"During the lengthy period of hours when (offenders) are home, we want to make sure they're not in a playground or near a child-care center where kids congregate," Lampitt said.

She said a registered sex offender lives in her Cherry Hill neighborhood. And "when you find out that sort of information, you take an interest in it," she said.

Bill to amend Megan's Law advances in Assembly

Phialdelphia Inquirer
Adrienne Lu
June 9, 2009

A bill to allow municipalities to restrict where convicted sex offenders may live was approved by the Assembly Judiciary Committee yesterday by a unanimous vote.
The release of the bill follows a ruling by the state Supreme Court last month invalidating about 120 municipal ordinances limiting where sex offenders may reside.

Under the statewide Megan's Law, those convicted of sex crimes are required to register with local authorities. Towns have tried to weigh in on the issue with various ordinances spelling out where such offenders may live, but the courts have said the local ordinances interfere with Megan's Law.

The Supreme Court decision overturned ordinances in Cherry Hill and Galloway Township, Atlantic County. The Cherry Hill ordinance - nearly identical to Galloway Township's - banned convicted sex offenders from living within 2,500 feet of areas where children might gather, including schools, parks, and churches. In Cherry Hill, that restriction covers most of the township.

The bill approved yesterday establishes limitations for municipalities that wish to enact such ordinances.

The bill would allow municipalities to prohibit offenders from living within 2,000 feet of schools, parks, playgrounds, public libraries, and day-care centers, for example. The bill would bar municipalities from prohibiting offenders from living in every residentially zoned area within a municipality.

Lampitt/DeAngelo/Coutinho Bills to Green New Jersey Schools & State Offices Clears Assembly Panel

Measures Will Create ‘Green Teams’ To Advance Energy Conservation & Efficiency in Government Offices and Public Schools

(TRENTON) – Legislation Assembly members Pamela Lampitt, Wayne P. DeAngelo and Albert Coutinho sponsored to further promote the state’s efforts to conserve energy and improve efficiency in state buildings and public schools today was released by the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee.

The lawmakers crafted measures (A-3082 and A-3596) as part of the state’s ongoing efforts to improve energy efficiency, conservation and increase environmental sustainability.

Last year, New Jersey was at the helm of national efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by requiring a portion of all energy to come from renewable resources, it became the third state in the nation to enact the law preceding federal efforts to cut greenhouse gases.

“New Jersey must lead by example, by ensuring State buildings are making the most efficient use of energy resources,” said Lampitt (D-Camden). “We must take the initiative to implement green practices in state buildings which potentially can save New Jersey countless dollars in energy and water bills. Going green will not just save the state money – it has direct impacts on the health, well-being and productivity of state employees.”

Lampitt/Greenwald/McKeon Measure Combating Sexually Oriented Businesses Clears Panel

(TRENTON) – Legislation Assembly members Pamela R. Lampitt, Louis D. Greenwald and John F. McKeon sponsored to protect children from and help communities deal with sexually oriented business has been advanced by an Assembly panel.

“Adult sexually oriented businesses may have First Amendment rights, but that doesn’t give them carte blanche to exploit children or erode the property values of nearby homeowners,” said Lampitt (D-Camden). “We need to provide property owners and communities with all possible tools to keep porn shops and other adult-oriented businesses in check.”

The bill requires that sexually oriented businesses provide adequate outdoor lighting and video security surveillance in the outside area surrounding the business. Video surveillance recordings would be maintained for at least 10 days.

Additionally, the bill would impose fines on the operator or employee of a sexually oriented business who permits minors under the age of 18 onto the premise of the sexually oriented business.

The bill permits municipalities in which sexually oriented businesses are located to conduct a negative secondary effects study after a sexually oriented business has been open for 12 months.

If the municipality finds there has been a negative impact resulting from the presence of the sexually oriented business, the municipality may impose a tax on the business at a rate of $1 per patron visit. All money collected by the municipality from this tax must be used for public safety purposes.

Lampitt & DeAngelo Comment on Bill Allowing Towns to Create Pedophile-Free Zones

Assemblywoman Lampitt speaks about her bill to regulate where certain types of sex offenders can live in New Jersey towns.