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Wolf to sign updated sex offender bill

Written by Katie Meyer, Capitol Bureau Chief | May 24, 2018 4:51 AM
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Lawmakers have passed a second version of a bill designed to fix a hole in the commonwealth's sex offender registration system. (Photo by AP)

 

(Harrisburg) -- The General Assembly has passed a second version of a measure designed to fix a hole in Pennsylvania's sex offender law.

The issue dates back to a state Supreme Court ruling last year.

Justices decided the state couldn't impose punishments on offenders whose crimes had happened before those penalties were enacted.

That had a potential side-effect of knocking more than 10 thousand offenders off the registry, according to state police.

Soon after, GOP Representative Ron Marsico, of Dauphin County, introduced a bill to make sure offenders whose original sentences hadn't expired stayed on the registry.

But, feeling it wouldn't take effect soon enough, lawmakers ultimately shoehorned that language into a separate probation bill.

It passed earlier this year.

The new measure is, functionally, the final version and includes a few minor drafting changes.

Governor Tom plans to sign it.

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