A blog of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section

The House passed two bills to close loopholes in the state’s Megan’s Law. The loopholes were discovered last year when the Superior Court ruled in two cases dealing with transients and out-of-state offenders.

Accordingly, as the Crimes Code currently stand, both homeless sex offenders and some sex offenders who move to the Commonwealth cannot be prosecuted for intentionally failing to register with the Pennsylvania State Police. The bills would enact tougher criminal penalties for out-of-state offenders who move to Pennsylvania and fail to register.

House Bill 68, introduced by Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming County), amends Megan’s Law to require sex offenders without a residence to register every 30 days with the Pennsylvania State Police as transients and sets penalties for sexually violent predators who knowingly fail to comply with monthly counseling sessions. The bill passed unanimously.

House Bill 75, introduced by Rep. Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin County), amends Megan’s Law to provide for specific criminal sentences for sex offenders who fail to comply with registration requirements. The bill had one negative vote.

Session Schedule

Senate
February 14, 15, 16, 28
March 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 (Budget Hearings Weeks of 14th, 21th & 28th)
April 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 26, 27
May 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 23, 24
June 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30

House
February 14, 15, 16 (non-voting day), 28
March 1, 2, 7, 8, and 9, (Budget Hearings Weeks of 14th, 21th & 28th)
April 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, (25 NV), 26, and 27
May 2, 3, 4, 9. 10, 11, 23, 24, and 25
June 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, and 30

Free legal research available on State and Federal court appointed cases from the Student Research Center. http://www.philadelphiabar.org/page/CJResearch?appNum=4

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