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Corbett Expected To Sign Beefed Up Megan’s Law Bill

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Tom Corbett (file photo by KYW's Tony Romeo)

Tom Corbett (file photo by KYW’s Tony Romeo)

By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) - Governor Tom Corbett is expected to sign a bill on the way to his desk designed to close loopholes in Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law.

The bill, given final legislative approval by the Senate Wednesday, will mean homeless sex offenders and sex offenders who move to Pennsylvania from out of state will face prosecution if they fail to register under Megan’s Law.

The Senate overwhelmingly approved the measure, but Pittsburgh Democrat Jim Ferlo was a reluctant “no” vote.

“I have a concern about criminalizing immoral, inappropriate conduct – if not illegal conduct – on the part of juveniles and what this bill purports to do through the judiciary process and through the criminal justice process.”

The bill extends the registration requirement to juvenile offenders who commit rape and other sexual offenses. It also increases the amount of information collected from offenders and the amount of information included on Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law website.

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