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Farry Bill to Better Safeguard Communities from Sexually Violent Predators Signed into Law
7/10/2015
HARRISBURG – Earlier today, Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks) had his legislation signed into law to close a loophole in the reporting requirements of individuals who have been deemed sexually violent predators.

“I take the safety of our communities very seriously and I am pleased the governor acted quickly to sign this important piece of legislation into law,” Farry said. “Megan’s Law has done a great deal to better protect the public from sexually violent predators, but there still exists some weaknesses in the law that need to be addressed. My legislation fixes one of those weaknesses.”

House Bill 73, signed into law as Act 20 of 2015, requires businesses that provide counseling services to sexually violent predators to notify the district attorney of the county, and the law enforcement office of the municipality where the provider is located, that such services are being provided.

“One of the best ways to safeguard the public and make the job of our law enforcement officers easier is to know where these individuals live, work and regularly visit,” said Farry. “Sexually violent predators must undergo regular counseling as a condition of release, yet many law enforcement officers working near counseling facilities providing this type of treatment are not notified these individuals are entering their community on a regular basis. My legislation improves that communication to better assist law enforcement.”

The state Sexual Offender Assessment Board assesses every sex offender who must register under the sexual offender registration act, known as the Adam Walsh Act, to determine whether an offender is considered sexually violent. These offenders take the designation of sexually violent offender due to the predatory behavior exhibited when committing a sexual offense. Current law states sexually violent predators must undergo counseling sessions on at least a monthly basis.

Under the new law, if no municipal police jurisdiction exists, a notice must be provided to the local Pennsylvania State Police barracks. Notifications must be provided by Jan. 15 of each year.

Representative Frank Farry
142nd District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Abbey Haslam
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