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Calif. governor signs ban on subsidized Viagra for sex offenders
By TOM CHORNEAU
Associated Press Writer

SACRAMENTO, Calif.- California taxpayers will no longer help pay the cost of impotency drugs for registered sex offenders under legislation signed Tuesday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.


The bill amends current law that requires the state's health insurance program for the poor to help cover the cost of drugs used for treating erectile dysfunction.

Federal support for subsidized Viagra was curtailed earlier this year when a New York state audit found nearly 200 sex offenders benefiting from the program.

Schwarzenegger then asked state agencies to stop prescribing the drugs to sex offenders and asked lawmakers to pass a bill that would outlaw the coverage.

The measure was one of several crime-related bills the governor announced signing. Others will:

- Permit children to testify in sexual assault cases via closed circuit television, allowing them to face the assailants but from outside the courtroom.

- Prohibit parents from having custody of their children if the parent lives with a registered sex offender.

- Block the state's Department of Mental Health from placing sexually violent patients near schools after release from treatment.

- Allow state and local officials to use global positioning systems to monitor parolees
 

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The bill amends current law that requires the state's health insurance program for the poor to help cover the cost of drugs used for treating erectile dysfunction.

Federal support for subsidized Viagra was curtailed earlier this year when a New York state audit found nearly 200 sex offenders benefiting from the program.

Schwarzenegger then asked state agencies to stop prescribing the drugs to sex offenders and asked lawmakers to pass a bill that would outlaw the coverage.
Good idea Arnold, I do not think the government, state, federal, or otherwise, needs to be providing sex offenders Viagra, essentially helping them with their "tools of the trade" so to speak. They do enough damage to society as it is...
 
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