STATE PASSES TOUGHER SEX OFFENDER LAW FOR AGENTS
The state senate this week approved a proposed law that would keep misdemeanor sex offenders from getting or having a real estate license. Current state law already keeps people convicted of a felony sex offense from being licensed as a real estate broker or salesperson. Misdemeanor level sex offenses include sexual misconduct, sexual abuse in the second degree forcible touching, unlawful imprisonment in the second degree and hate crimes. The bill also requires those who now hold a real estate license in the state to report any felony or misdemeanor sexual convictions within five days of judgment. The new law, which now goes to the Assembly, is supported by the New York State Association of Realtors, the Long Island Board of Realtors and Parents for Megan's Law.