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Pa. bill would require busing where sex offenders live

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

A Pennsylvania lawmaker has introduced a bill that would require schools to provide busing to any of their students if a registered sex offender is living in the district.

Rep. Frank Burns (D-Cambria/Somerset) said his proposal would require districts to provide transportation to any student, whether he or she attends public or private school, so that students are not forced to walk in the path of sex offenders.

"The state police say there are more than 12,000 registered sex offenders living in Pennsylvania," Burns said in a news release Wednesday. "Given that large number, it's clear that many of them most likely live near our children's schools, bus stops and walking routes. I believe it is imperative that we start the process of enacting legislation to provide further safety to our children."

Burns' legislation, House Bill 1242, has been referred to the House Education Committee.

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