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Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: January 7, 2015 03:49 PM
From: Representative Frank A. Farry
To: All House members
Subject: Amending Pennsylvania's Sexual Offender Registration Law (Prior HB 1874)
In the near future, I will be reintroducing legislation amending Pennsylvania’s sexual offender registration law so that providers of counseling services to sexually violent predators must notify the district attorney of the county and the chief law enforcement officer in the municipality of their location and the fact that the provider is counseling sexually violent predators.

The State Sexual Offender Assessment Board assesses every sex offender who must register under the sexual offender registration act, more commonly known as the Adam Walsh Act, to determine whether that offender is a sexually violent predator. These offenders take the designation of sexually violent offender due to the predatory behavior exhibited when committing a sexual offense. Under Pennsylvania law, every sexually violent predator must receive at least monthly counseling sessions.

It has come to my attention that district attorneys and municipal police chiefs or, where no municipal police jurisdiction exists, the Pennsylvania State Police, do not always know the addresses of these providers. My legislation requires that such a provider give written notice every year to the district attorney and to law enforcement that sexually violent predators are being treated and the location of the treatment provider.

I hope you will consider joining me in support of this legislation.

Introduced as HB73