By Jennifer Rizzi
The state Senate passed legislation Tuesday ensuring that Pennsylvania will meet national standards for sex offender registration and notification.
The bill, sponsored by Sen. Jane Orie (R-Allegheny) will include Pennsylvania as part of a national sex offender registry that law enforcement can access. It also expands the list of sexually violent offenses covered under the law.
The bill was needed to bring Pennsylvania into cooperation with Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), part of the Adam Walsh Child Protection Act of 2006. Non-compliance would cost the state ten percent of its federal crime protection grants.