– For the second session in a row, a proposal to prevent non-compliant Megan’s Law sex offenders from receiving welfare benefits in Pennsylvania received unanimous passage on the House floor, said Rep. Mike Regan (R-York/Cumberland).
“This is a bill that was unanimously passed last year in the House but failed to get Senate consideration,” said Regan. “I am hopeful that this legislation will become law in the Commonwealth. This bill should provide a motivation for full compliance with Megan’s Law and help protect our children and community.”
House Bill 166
would prohibit individuals convicted of any offense requiring them to register under Megan’s Law, and who are not in compliance with those registration requirements, from receiving public assistance benefits. Offenders who lose benefits for failure to comply with the registration requirements would have their benefits reinstated upon showing evidence of their compliance with the requirements.
Regan said minor children who receive benefits will continue to receive those benefits even if their parent or guardian is a non-compliant Megan’s Law registrant.
The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.
Representative Mike Regan
92nd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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