Lawmakers: How Good Does Sex Registry Need to Be?

Vermont lawmakers are grappling with how close to perfect the state's sex offender registry needs to be before offenders' addresses are posted online.

Vermont in 2009 passed a law saying the registry had to have a clean audit from the state auditor of accounts before addresses could be posted. A 2010 audit found many errors; a follow-up audit last July found what Auditor of Accounts Doug Hoffer labeled "critical errors" in 11 percent of cases.

State Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Richard Sears says he'd like to see an error rate of 0 percent, but acknowledges that likely would be difficult to attain.

He says it's unclear where the committee, which takes up the issue again this week, will come down on what an acceptable error rate might be.

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