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New law prohibits sex offenders from using social networking sites

Registered sex offenders in Minnesota will now be prohibited from using social networking sites.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed into law Monday the Public Safety Policy bill including provisions authored by Rep. Karla Bigham that prohibit the use of electronic devices to sexually solicit children and prohibit registered predatory offenders on intense supervised release from accessing social networking Web sites, instant messaging and chat room programs.

Bigham said these provisions will help the law keep up with technology.

"These provisions are an important part of a proactive, consistent policy to protect our children," Bigham said. "I'm honored to work on this legislation."