Nevada Supreme Court stays sex offender law

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Updated: 2/04/2014 3:49 pm

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada Supreme Court has temporarily blocked a tough sex offender registration and public notification law enacted by state lawmakers in 2007.

In an order issued Jan. 30, three justices granted a stay of the law that was to take effect Feb. 1.

Nevada legislators enacted AB579 to comply with a 2006 federal law.

It applies sexual offender and public notification requirements retroactively to convictions dating back the 1956, even if the person has been assessed as low risk for re-offending.

A Las Vegas law firm sought emergency action from the state Supreme Court on behalf of 24 unnamed clients. The suit argues the law would create irreversible effects on people who have lived without incident for decades.

Nevada justices ordered legal briefs in the case.

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