January 13, 2013 – Pennsylvania state Sen. Lisa Boscola has again introduced legislation that would limit how close registered sex offenders can live to schools, day cares, playgrounds and school bus stops.

Boscola, D-Northampton/Lehigh/Monroe, first drafted such a bill in January 2012 after hearing from Saucon Valley School District parents upset that their children’s relocated bus stop was close to a registered sex offender’s home.

If enacted, the law would prohibit sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of schools, day cares, preschools or playgrounds and 500 feet of a school bus stop. It would not be retroactive.

Boscola Chief of Staff Steve DeFrank admits bus stops are a tough issue, and no other state has such a residency restriction. Nineteen other states, however, have some laws governing where Megan’s Law offenders can live, he said.

“Bus stops can be prime target areas,” DeFrank said.

The bill does allow for exemptions if a school district can’t relocate a bus stop. Continue Reading→

By Sara K. Satullo | The Express-Times