Texas Sex Offenders in Sight of Rare Policy Win

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AUSTIN, Texas - - A proposal in Texas that would strip employment information from the state's sex offender registry is being cheered by those on the list as a minor but extraordinary easing of the law.

Statehouses nationwide work on legislation aimed at curbing how and where sex offenders can live and work. Even Texas lawmakers are weighing about a dozen new proposals this year to more closely track and restrict about 72,000 people on the registry.

But at the urging of business groups, the Texas Senate has approved a bill that would no longer include where a sex offender works on the state's website.

The advocacy group Texas Voices for Reason and Justice view the bill as a significant potential reversal after years of watching lawmakers pile on more restrictions.