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Some Portions Of Megan’s Law Run Afoul Of Pa. Supreme Court

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  Tony Romeo is Harrisburg bureau chief for KYW Newsradio...
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By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa., (CBS) — Some portions of Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law have run afoul of the state Supreme Court.

The problem the state high court has with Megan’s Law is not with the legislature’s intended changes but the fact that it made those changes in a 2004 law that contained other provisions unrelated to Megan’s Law. Among the changes were the creation of criminal offenses for individuals who fail to comply with sexual offender registration requirements, and the creation of a searchable online database of offenders.

The Supreme Court has ruled that the law that made those changes violated the state constitution’s mandate that legislation adhere to a single subject. But recognizing the impact, the high court has stayed its ruling for 90 days to allow for legislative action or for a smooth transition.

 

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