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MADISON – Sexual predators would have to live in their home counties when they are released, but could be placed near schools, parks and day care centers, under a plan adopted Tuesday by the Legislature’s budget committee.

The legislator behind the plan said he wanted to crack down on judges placing violent sex offenders far from their home counties.

“There is a logjam in the system now where they’re having trouble placing people in the final phase of treatment,” said Rep. Mark Born (R-Beaver Dam). “We really need to remember this is treatment and the folks who are in it have constitutional rights.”

The Joint Finance Committee approved the plan 13-3, with Rep. Katrina Shankland (D-Stevens Point) joining all Republicans in supporting it. The other Democrats on the committee said the proposal should get a hearing and be dealt with as standalone legislation.