Bill cutting off public assistance for non-compliant Megan's Law registrants passes the Pa. House
The Pa. House of Representatives on Monday passed legislation that would bar non-compliant Megan's Law registrants from receiving public assistance until they come back into compliance. (File photo/PennLive.com)
on April 24, 2017 at 2:12 PM
Legislation that would make convicted sex offenders who are out of compliance with Megan's Law ineligible for public assistance passed the state House of Representatives on Monday by a 190-2 vote
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Jim Cox, R-Berks County, now goes to the Senate for consideration.
It would allow sex offenders' benefits to be reinstated immediately once they came back into compliance but would not be eligible for any missed benefits. However, it allows benefits to continue for their minor children even if a parent or guardian is a non-compliant Megan's Law registrant.
A similar bill, sponsored by then-Rep. Mike Regan, R-York County, passed the House last session but it died in the Senate. Regan, a former U.S. marshal, said the marshal service found a high percentage of non-compliant Megan's Law registrants by tracking them down through public assistance rolls.
Why would minor children be living with or be under the guardianship of a sex offender required to register under Megan's Law?