Louisiana governor signs laws limiting library access by sex offenders, registration of online identities

Last month, the Louisiana Legislature passed several legislative bills cracking down on sexual predators. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed into law one of those bills that will limit access convicted sex offenders have to the state's public libraries. The law applies to offenders whose victims were under 13 years of age. Library boards will have until January 1, 2013, to design guidelines for which offenders must comply and how to do so.

Governor Jindal also signed into law House Bill 556, which forces sex offenders to immediately update any changes to their online information. Currently, sex offenders are required to register with local law enforcement including providing their address, vehicle license plates and online identifiers such as email addresses and chat room names.