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PA Supreme Court throws out parts of Megan's Law

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 16, 2013 5:59 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is throwing out portions of the state's version of Megan's Law, saying lawmakers violated the constitution's requirement that new laws must be confined to a single subject.

The justices have ruled a set of changes made in 2004, creating a searchable online database of offenders, isn't constitutional. The court put its decision on hold for three months.

The law made other changes to Megan's Law and put a two-year statute of limitations on asbestos actions, established jurisdiction for park police and altered real estate law.

Chief Justice Ronald Castille dissented, saying he would have upheld the law.

A state House Republican spokesman says most of the Megan's Law provisions at issue have been replaced by legislation passed by the chamber last session and is now law.

A state police spokeswoman says changes made to the law since 2004 make it difficult to immediately assess the practical effect of the court's decision.

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