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Electronic tracking bill clears Miss Senate panel

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Mississippi Senate chamber (AP Photo, file) Mississippi Senate chamber (AP Photo, file)
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -

Offenders who violate Mississippi's sex crime registration law could be subject to electronic monitoring under a bill headed to the state Senate.

The Senate Judiciary A Committee on Tuesday approved Senate Bill 2732. Sen. Will Longwitz, R-Madison, says the bill does not apply to all sex offenders. He says it is limited to those who fail to register as required or fail to notify authorities when they move.

Violations of the sex offender registry law carry a penalty of 5 years in prison. Longwitz says if an offender is released before serving the entire five years, they would be electronically monitored for the remainder of the time.

Longwitz says the Mississippi Department of Corrections would oversee the electronic monitoring system. The offenders would pay for it.

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