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An Alabama lawmaker has a plan to permanently and physically punish someone convicted of certain sex offenses against children. The bill, known as HB 379, would make those sex offenders have to undergo chemical castration before they leave prison.

HB 379 was introduced by State Representative Steve Hurst, R-Calhoun County. He said the bill will be for sex offenders over the age of 21 that committed sex offenses against children. “They have marked this child for life and the punishment should fit the crime,” said Hurst.

The bill, after passing the Senate 27-zip and the House 72-16, has gotten to Governor Ivey’s desk; the Office of the Governor has scheduled a “ceremonial signing” event tomorrow, including eight bills, but not this one. The legislative session in Alabama has ended, so she can’t send it back for revisions.

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