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New law will require sex offenders be registered for life

TOPEKA – A bill signed into law Tuesday by the governor will require people convicted of certain sex crimes register as sex offenders for life.

"Keeping our communities safe is one of my utmost priorities as governor; therefore, I am glad to sign this legislation that helps keep Kansans informed about people living in their neighborhoods," said Gov. Mark Parkinson in a written statment. "Sex offenders commit some of the most heinous acts in our society to many times the most vulnerable.”

Kansas law currently requires convicted sex offenders be listed on the registry for 10 years. The bill takes effect July 1.

Under the new law, the following sex crimes would require lifetime registration; the attempt, conspiracy, or criminal solicitation to commit aggravated trafficking, rape, aggravated indecent liberties with a child, aggravated criminal sodomy, promoting prostitution if the prostitute is less than 14 years of age, and sexual exploitation of a child.