Facebook ban for sex offenders given final passage

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Facebook and other social networking sites are again off-limits for a list of certain sex offenders in Louisiana.

A similar previous law was declared unconstitutional by a federal judge, so lawmakers rewrote the provision, hoping tightened language could stand up to judicial scrutiny.

The House gave final passage to the rewrite Tuesday with a 93-0 vote that sent it to the governor, who supports the measure.

The bill sponsored by Opelousas Rep. Ledricka Thierry will more narrowly define what sites are prohibited. The bill spells out that news websites, e-mail pages and online shopping sites aren't included in the ban.

The prohibition will apply to anyone convicted of a sex offense against a minor or of video voyeurism.

House Bill 620 can be found at www.legis.la.gov

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