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House Vote Closes Megan’s Law Loopholes, Says Toohil
11/2/2011
HARRISBURG – Legislation to closes dangerous loopholes in Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law was approved unanimously Tuesday in the state House of Representatives, said Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne). Toohil helped to author the amendment to Senate Bill 818, which now returns to the Senate for its consideration.

The amendment requires all out-of-state who relocate to the Commonwealth to register with the state police or face criminal penalties. The measure also requires homeless sexual offenders to register as “transients” every 30 days with the state police at approved registration sites and be photographed. In addition, he/she must provide information on their whereabouts, such as parks, public buildings, restaurants and libraries. Without this legislation, out-of-state and homeless sex offenders could not be penalized for failing to register.



“This is a monumental day for the children of Luzerne County and the children of this Commonwealth,” said Toohil. “For far too long, homeless, transient and out-of-state sexual offenders and sexually violent predators have slipped through the cracks, with no supervision by authorities.”

Enacted in 1995, Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law requires all convicted sex offenders and sexually violent predators that live, attend school or are employed within the state to register with the state police. The agency also maintains an Internet website, www.PAMegansLaw.state.pa.us, to allow the public to access information about registrants.

The legal loophole was discovered last year when the Superior Court ruled in two cases that transient and out-of-state sex offenders are not required to register under Megan’s Law and cannot be prosecuted for intentionally failing to register. Out-of-state offenders who face a lifetime registration in their home state are not required to register in Pennsylvania under current law.

“I am hopeful the Senate approves this change as quickly as possible, to close these dangerous loopholes that put our children at risk,” said Toohil.


State Representative Tarah Toohil
116th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact:
Rep. Toohil’s Office
717.260.6136
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