COLUMN: Violent felony offender registry would save lives

— First-degree murder sentence for child killers

I also support automatically classifying the homicide of a child a first-degree murder offense, another aspect of New York State law the family of Lauren Belius is trying to change. There is a bill in the Assembly that would create this classification.

Another bill in the Assembly that would work to better protect children is the Child Assault Reform Act (CARE). This bill would increase penalties for those who injure or kill a child.

Assemblyman Will Barclay represents residents of Assembly District 124, which includes Lysander. He can be reached by mail at 200 North Second St., Fulton, NY 13069, by e-mail at barclaw@assembly.state.ny.us or by phone (598-5185).

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