HARRISBURG (January 9, 2012) – State Senator Lisa M. Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh/Monroe) today introduced legislation that would limit how close registered sex offenders can live to schools, day cares, recreation centers and school bus stops.

The measure would also require school administrators to consult the “Megan’s Law” offenders registry annually when deciding where to locate bus stops.

“In weighing the safety and security of our children against the rights of convicted sex offenders, I’ll choose the safety of our kids every time,” Boscola said. “My proposal is a measured and reasonable step aimed at protecting our kids.”

Under Boscola’s legislation, registered sex offenders could not establish residency within 1,000 feet of any school, day care center, recreation center or playground; and within 500 feet of a school bus stop.

In annually consulting the Megan’s law offenders list, if school administrators learn that an offender already lives within 500 feet of a bus stop, they would be required to notify police and the parents whose children use that bus stop.

Boscola said the legislation was prompted by a local school district that located a bus stop close to a sex offender’s residence.

The legislation is part of a Democratic legislative package aimed at strengthening laws, developing new initiatives and refining policies that protect children in the wake of Penn State sex abuse allegations.

 

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