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Bill tightens law on sex offenders

Would give public more data

After disturbing allegations against Wakefield day-care provider John Burbine, who was charged last month with 100 counts of raping and abusing young children, Massachusetts lawmakers proposed legislation Wednesday meant to improve the state’s ability to protect the public from convicted sex offenders.

Senator Katherine Clark, a Melrose Democrat, said she filed the multipronged bill to improve a regulatory system that apparently failed to protect children from Burbine, a Level 1 sex offender who had several run-ins with state agencies before the most recent charges emerged.

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