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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: December 4, 2018 03:40 PM
From: Senator Lisa M. Boscola
To: All Senate members
Subject: Residency Restrictions for Registered Sex Offenders for Offense of a Minor
I plan to reintroduce legislation establishing certain residency requirements for sexual offenders that are required to register under Megan’s Law, and that are convicted of an offense in which the victim was a minor.

This legislation was written in response to constituent concerns voiced to me when a local school district established a bus stop in front of a residence of a registered sex offender within my Senate district.

My legislation would prohibit a sexual offender of a minor from establishing residency within 1000 ft. of any public, private or parochial school, pre-school program, certified day care center, registered family day care home, recreation center, or playground, and a minimum of 500 ft. from a school bus stop.

The legislation provides an exemption for any Megan’s Law registrant that currently owns or leases real estate within 1000 ft. of the above listed properties. Therefore, the registrant would not be required to sell or otherwise dispose of any real estate, home or other real property or to cancel any lease of real property that was acquired prior to the effective date of this bill.

My legislation also requires the Board of School Directors of any school which provides transportation to students to annually review the Megan’s Law website when establishing bus stop locations. If registrants are found to be living within 500 ft of a school bus stop and no other stop can be established within a reasonable distance, the school district must:
  • Notify each law enforcement agency with jurisdiction in the school district;
  • Notify each law enforcement agency with jurisdiction over the bus stop; and
  • Notify the parents of any student who will be required to use the bus stop that the stop falls within 500 ft. of the resident of a registrant.
I invite you to join me as a co-sponsor of this bill. This is a reintroduction of SB 231 from the previous legislative session. Co-sponsors included: Scarnati, Williams, Fontana, Farnese, Browne, Brewster, Haywood, Sabatina and Tartaglione.

Introduced as SB524