The Lancaster Common Council members

who voted against loitering restrictions for sex

offenders in the city, cast their votes for

different reasons.

Council member Pete Hoffman says he

supports the loitering ordinance, but he

voted against it because it didn’t include

a definition of what a registered sex

offender is…keeping in mind that the

ordinance was proposed to protect


Meanwhile, council member Shayne LaBudda

voted against the ordinance because he

feels it isn’t necessary.



LaBudda says the incident last Fall

in which a registered sex offender

violated rules that prevented him from

watching children, wouldn’t have

been prevented by the ordinance

the common council adopted

on Monday night. He says he doesn’t

understand what the loitering

ordinance adds to the rules that

are already in place.

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