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Rookie rep eats crow for sex offender bill
Feb. 24, 2014 — All eyes at the Capitol fell on Rep. Sam Moore today as he tried to explain his bill to allow sex offenders to hang out next to elementary schools and day-care centers.
Moore withstood a withering, Shock-and-Awe barrage of criticism last week as Republican legislators searched for new heights of hyperbole to describe their disgust. The bill, which he said was meant to repeal loitering laws, would also strike anti-loitering restrictions on registered sex offenders.
The rookie Republican took the well of the House to apologize for the embarrassment caused by ensuing news reports, but also blamed House leaders for not warning him of the potential fallout. Rules Chairman John Meadows, who controls the flow of legislation to the House floor, even suggested that he could make sure Moore never passes a bill.
Moore said he was rushing to drop the bill in the hopper before Day 30 of the legislative session, known as Crossover Day, when legislation must pass one chamber if it is to be considered by the other. After that day, Moore said, his bill would have been “D.O.A.”
Prompting one hallway observer to note: “Day One is his Crossover Day.”