BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Facebook, MySpace and other social networking sites will soon be off-limits to certain sex offenders.
The Senate gave final passage to the ban Wednesday, sending it to the desk of Gov. Bobby Jindal, who supports the bill.
The measure by Opelousas Rep. Ledricka Thierry would make it a crime to use networking websites, chat rooms and peer-to-peer networks by anyone convicted of a list of sex offenses against a minor. Probation and parole officers and judges could make exceptions.
Conviction of the crime of unlawful use or access of social media would carry a prison sentence of up to 10 years. A second conviction would require a prison sentence of at least five years and up to 20 years.
House Bill 55 can be found at www.legis.state.la.us