5/17/17 – A state panel has voted to relax restrictions on where sex offenders can live, as part of the next state budget. The Joint Finance Committee voted 13-3 on Tuesday in favor of making violent sex offenders live in their home counties — but they would no longer have to live within 15-hundred feet of schools, parks, day care centers, and other places where kids congregate. G-O-P Representative Mark Born of Beaver Dam said he proposed the measure because he wanted to stop judges from placing offenders far away from their home areas, and he wants local officials to take responsibility for placing them. State workers have had problems for years placing offenders in halfway houses due to local residential restrictions. Democratic Representative Gordon Hintz of Oshkosh says the matter should be a separate bill because it’s too serious to be buried in the budget.