On the same day the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear arguments from those who oppose Iowa’s new law that restricts where sex offenders may live, the Cascade City Council voted to make their town sex-offender free. Cascade doesn’t have any registered sex offenders living within its borders today, and City Council member Matt Nauman says they want to keep it that way. “We don’t want to be one of the towns that are left out when it comes to tightening up the ordinances,” Nauman says. “You don’t want all of the sex offenders moving into one area.” The new ordinance in Cascade forbids sex offenders from living within two-thousand feet of parks, trails, bus stops and the public library — essentially making the entire town a sex-offender-free zone. The council waived the ordinance’s second and third readings, unanimously endorsing the new policy last (Monday) night. The City of Des Moines has a similar ordinance which forced about five-hundred registered sex offenders to move. Cedar Rapids, Dubuque and Marion are considering tightening restrictions on where sex offenders can live.
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