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Published August 03, 2010, 09:06 AM

ND gets 2nd extension on compliance with national sex offender website

(WDAY TV) - The law created the Dru Sjodin national sex offender website named after the UND student who was kidnapped and killed nearly 7 years ago. So why isn't North Dakota following it?

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

The state got it's 2nd of two allowed extensions earlier this month, putting off for another year compliance with the law setting national standards for sex offender registration. North Dakota’s Attorney General says it's about a difference of opinion, mainly in how sex offenders are assessed for risk.

Stenehjem says there's not a one size fits all federal approach. The penalty for not complying will cost North Dakota $78,000 dollars each year.

“Whether it is worth $78,000 dollars to make our state less safe and to give our citizens less information about sex offenders, and in my view, it's not worth that sum of money.”

Stenehjem says the state is in 99 percent compliance. He says he's talked to justice department officials who say their hands are tied. Senator Byron Dorgan says he understands many states feel they have a better way to deal with sex offenders, but that can be addressed after they come into compliance.