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Iowa court dismisses challenge to sex offender law

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The Iowa Supreme Court has dismissed a challenge to a state law banning sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of schools, libraries and day care centers.

Robert Formaro (FOR'-mare-oh) argued, among other issues, that the law violated his right to travel. He also claimed it barred him from participating in overnight family gatherings and overnight stays at a hospital within the 2,000-foot zone.

In Friday's decision, the court says the law dictates where Formaro may live, but doesn't impede his freedom of travel or right to association.

The Legislature revamped the law this year. It retains the 2,000-foot ban for those who have committed the most severe crimes against children and established a 300-foot "no loiter" zone.

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