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No Welfare for Offenders Out of Megan’s Law Compliance Under New Bill

The bill would require full compliance for offenders to receive public assistance.

(Patch file photo)
(Patch file photo)

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives recently passed a bill that would withhold welfare benefits from non-compliant Megan’s Law offenders.

Megan’s Law requires those who have been convicted of sex crimes to register with local law enforcement officials, who in turn notify communities that a sex offender is living among them.

House Bill 1951 would amend the Public Welfare Code, passed in 1967. It would prohibit eligibility for those benefits from anyone on Megan’s List who is not in full compliance.

The bill had more than 50 co-sponsors in the House. See the full list here.

The bill was passed by the House on Feb. 5. It now moves to the state Senate for consideration.


harryfinster February 11, 2014 at 09:38 PM
so what does the mean ?.if you are a registered sex offender and you register ,you deserve welfare ?
John Q. Public February 12, 2014 at 07:59 AM
That is a creative use of my taxes, one I never imagined, redistributing my income to sex offenders.
Joseph February 12, 2014 at 10:42 AM
This is an example of not enforcing the laws on the books already. If they are not in compliance, back to prison they go.
Capt. Obvious February 12, 2014 at 10:52 AM
Joseph nailed that one on the head. The courts are too screwed up to be effective, it's not important protecting society, it's just important you win your cases so you can charge more next time; the police don't prevent crimes, they just document what happened; and people have become too politically correct to put degenerates where they belong. Our Country is starting to sound like those cities in the Bible that God would wipe out for being too immoral.
jenn February 12, 2014 at 12:49 PM
They are still missing the big picture.I agree with Joseph all the way. But if they want to get Pennsylvania out of the hole we are in they would drug test people as part of the process. In the beginning it would be costly but ultimately it would save Pennsylvania millions of dollars and force people to clean their act up.
harryfinster February 12, 2014 at 10:44 PM
the truley smart people of pennsylvainia vote with their feet and leave
Capt. Obvious February 14, 2014 at 12:05 PM
running from all your problems isn't an answer. The brave stand and fight.
harryfinster February 14, 2014 at 09:15 PM
the problems exist in pennsylvainia not else where

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