Ban keeping sex offenders from places for kids heads to Gov.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The General Assembly has passed a bill prohibiting some sex offenders from being near children while a similar North Carolina law from 2009 remains under federal review.

The House approved a bill Tuesday to ban sex offenders who have been identified as threats to children from places like arcades, parks, swimming pools, libraries and the State Fairgrounds during the fair. If approved, the law would take effect in September.

The 2009 law banning sex offenders from places where children gather was ruled unconstitutionally broad by a federal court in April. The state has appealed the ruling.

The proposal's sponsors say the state would maintain the 2009 law if the appeal is successful.

The bill heads to Gov. Pat McCrory, who has 10 days to act before it becomes law.

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