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La. lawmakers seek to rewrite Facebook ban

BATON ROUGE, La. — A bid to rewrite a state law seeking to ban certain sex offenders from Facebook and other social networking sites has started moving through the Louisiana Legislature.

The existing law was declared unconstitutional by a federal judge. A proposal backed Wednesday by the House criminal justice committee would more narrowly define what sites are banned.

The bill by Opelousas Rep. Ledricka Thierry heads to the full House for debate, over opposition from a convicted sex offender who said the measure would violate his constitutional free speech protections.

Thierry's bill would ban certain sex offenders from websites whose primary purpose is "facilitating social interaction with other users of the website and which allows users to create web pages or profiles about themselves that are available to the public or other users."