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.