Convicted sex offenders under the microscope in Suffolk County

In a new effort to protect Long Island children from child predators, Suffolk lawmakers proposed two new bills Tuesday that would make it harder for convicted sex offenders to strike again.

One of two proposed bills would force approximately 500 county-funded youth agencies to make sure their employees and volunteers are not listed on the New York Sex Offender Registry. The second proposal would allow fingerprinting and criminal checks of employees and volunteers at county-funded hotline services for children. Currently, the background checks are not usually allowed by state law.

Suffolk lawmakers also announced a resolution Tuesday to show support for statewide measures to control sex offenders. Those measures include GPS tracking, civil confinement and public access to information on all sex offenders.

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