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August 2, 2018 | View PDF

Voters in Washington's 5th Congressional District have seen Cathy McMorris Rodger's ad regarding Lisa Brown's vote on Community Protection Zones.

It is at best disingenuous.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers is correct when she says that Lisa Brown opposed a proposal creating "community protection zones," which would "prohibit sex offenders from living within 880 feet of the facilities or grounds of a public or private schools" (elementary and secondary schools and universities).

She forgot to mention, however, that Lisa Brown had argued that pre-schools and day-cares should also be protected and therefore voted "No".

In 2005, the bill was re-written to include pre-schools and day-cares. Lisa Brown voted "Yes", as did Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

My question is simple. Of the two legislators, whose vote best protected the younger children? By voting "No" to the first vote, Lisa Brown forged the way for a more comprehensive law to be enacted.

--Carolyn Cress, Pullman

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