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Public invited to discussion on sex offender bill

A field hearing to gather testimony about legislation to create a national sex offender registry will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Fargo City Commission room, 200 3rd St. N.

A field hearing to gather testimony about legislation to create a national sex offender registry will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Fargo City Commission room, 200 3rd St. N.

The hearing on Dru's Law, introduced by Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., also will include discussion from panelists about ways communities can be better protected from sex offenders.

The bill is named after University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin. A twice-convicted sex offender is charged with her death and disappearance from a Grand Forks, N.D., parking lot.

The public is invited to listen to discussion by the panelists, including Grand Forks Police Chief Bob Packett, Kristi Hall-Jiran of the Community Violence Intervention Center in Grand Forks and Beth Haseltine from the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center of Fargo-Moorhead.

The legislation would increase monitoring of released sex offenders.

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