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Klaudt's Legislative Record

May 18, 2007, 6:00 PM by Perry Groten

Klaudt's Legislative Record
While Ted Klaudt served in the legislature, his name was attached to several bills designed to protect children from sex abuse. Klaudt served in the South Dakota House from 1998 to 2006. He served on the appropriations as well as the government operations and audit committees. And while in office, he co-sponsored several bills that took aim at sex offenders. 

Klaudt was one of the house members who introduced legislation in 2006 that added more teeth to South Dakota's sex offender laws. The bill further defined sex crimes and spelled out new requirements for when, where and how sex offenders register in the state. 

Klaudt also helped introduce a bill that created "community safety zones" where sex offenders are not allowed to live or hang out. The zones are within 500 feet of schools, public parks and swimming pools. 

Klaudt was also a co-sponsor of the bill that required South Dakota to take part in the National Sex Offender Registry... as well as posting a state sex offender website. The registry includes the name of the offender, as well as a picture and description, address... and lists the sex crime committed. 

Klaudt also co-sponsored House Bill 1059 that requires the Department of Social Services to make reasonable efforts to inform parents about abuse or neglect involving their child who is under the state's care. DSS would not have to pass along the information if it's not in the best interest of the child. 

Klaudt was co-sponsor of a bill that would have prohibited the distribution of contraceptives to public high school students. That bill was defeated. 

In 2005, Klaudt co-sponsored the legislation that requires doctors to inform women considering an abortion about potential health risks.

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