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Boback Supports Legislation to Bring PA into Compliance with Adam Walsh Act
11/9/2011
HARRISBURG – Rep. Karen Boback (R-Columbia/Luzerne/Wyoming) announced today that she is supporting legislation to bring Pennsylvania into compliance with the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, which was adopted at the federal level to ensure every state has a uniform and comprehensive set of standards regarding sex offender registration and notification programs.

“This is commonsense legislation that will allow Pennsylvania to provide the best protection for our children against predators,” said Boback. “As an advocate for children and other vulnerable individuals, I am hopeful this legislation will be adopted as soon as possible.”

House Bill 1958, authored by Rep. Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin), would place sex offenders into a three-tiered system depending on the severity of the offense committed. The worst offenders would be required to register for life, while those found guilty of less serious offenses would register for 15 years. It would require offenders in the various categories to appear regularly in-person, with the interval dependant on the tier in which the individual is placed, to be photographed and update registration information. The registry information would then be shared with law enforcement, probation and parole offices, schools and social service agencies responsible for protecting children. It also authorizes the Pennsylvania State Police to release information on its website for the public to search for sex offenders in a given zip code or geographic radius.

Pennsylvania is currently not in compliance with the Adam Walsh Act and is at risk for losing 10 percent of its Edward Byrne Memorial State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance Grant, which is used to provide personnel, equipment, training, technical assistance, and information systems to assist the state’s criminal justice system. The Department of Justice granted the Commonwealth an extension, which expired this summer.

The Adam Walsh Act requires convicted sex offenders to report in-person changes to contact information, including address, place of employment, school attendance, phone number and email address. Offenders are required to report overnight stays away from their home lasting seven or more days, and they must provide a 21-day advance notice of international travel.

The act was named for Adam Walsh, son of America’s Most Wanted host and founder of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, John Walsh. It was signed by Congress on the 25th anniversary of the abduction of Adam from a Florida shopping mall. He was found murdered more than two weeks later. His killer was not found until 2008.

House Bill 1958 maintains the major components currently found in Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law, providing that every sexual offender be assessed by the Sexual Offender Assessment Board and requiring that certain dangerous offenders be designated sexually violent predators. Such a designation, as under current law, requires that notification be made to neighbors and others in the community.

House Bill 1958 is currently before the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Marsico.

More information about Boback and her legislative priorities is available at RepBoback.com and Facebook.com/RepBoback.

State Representative Karen Boback
117th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Nicole Wamsley
nwamsley@pahousegop.com
717.783.8063
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