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Legislation to prevent sex offenders from concentrating in one Rhode Island city is angering politicians in another.

The state House voted 59-8 on Thursday to pass a bill that would prevent registered sex offenders from forming more than 10 percent of the population of a state-funded homeless shelter.

The bill's sponsor, Cranston Republican Rep. Robert Lancia, says the Harrington Hall homeless shelter in his city has become a place of last resort for sex offenders from around the state.

But several Providence Democrats railed against the bill during a debate on the House floor Thursday. They say it would effectively dump more offenders into their neighborhoods.

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