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PA: Bill cutting off public assistance for non-compliant Megan’s Law registrants passes the Pa. House

Legislation that would make convicted sex offenders who are out of compliance with Megan’s Law ineligible for public assistance passed the state House of Representatives on Monday by a 190-2 vote. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Jim Cox, R-Berks County, now goes to the Senate for consideration.

It would allow sex offenders’ benefits to be reinstated immediately once they came back into compliance but would not be eligible for any missed benefits. However, it allows benefits to continue for their minor children even if a parent or guardian is a non-compliant Megan’s Law registrant. Full Article

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Do this for ALL people absconding from parole and probation, not just registrants!

Again though, these registries trigger false flags all the time listing as “Out of compliance” for no reason at all. Would that auto-disconnect government resources for that individual, or would it be reviewed?

Lack of equal application to all people out of compliance with any kind of supervision means this bill is about further punishment.

I’m still baffled how something called regulatory carries punishment?

To me, this is involuntary servitude. It’s a forced service upon a free person who is dominated by threat of law… except, you’re not paid for said service. That actually means it’s a form of slavery due to no compensation.

Involuntary servitude is prohibited unless to punish a crime. Megan’s Law specifically dictates “it’s your duty to register”. Duty is a service. Seems as though the Constitution isn’t being upheld for all of its citizens.

Way to go Justice Roberts for manipulating the constitution and damaging lives at the same time after a person has served their time.

@New Person
Though I’m no fan of Justice Roberts–one of the poorest choices since perhaps David Souter–to what are you referring in thanking him? Smith? Something else? Please explain. Thanks.

I thought registered citizens had already been banned from most forms of public assistance…but then isn’t the government overly fond of redundancies, especially when it comes to us? My thought is, of course, that if someone isn’t compliant, the loss of public assistance is probably the least of their worries.

Registered Citizens cannot receive housing assistance such as Section 8. All other benefits are still on the table. Drug convictions do bar you from receiving assistance such as Food Stamps but not housing. It’s very random.


I feel like if someone is genuinely and willfully out of compliance- absconded, let’s say- losing public assistance might just be the least of his concerns. I’m not sure what such a law would accomplish, other than garnering more brownie points for the law’s authors, as is par for the course when it comes to the never-ending legislation against RSOs.

@Tired: It accomplishes the same thing all of these schemes do…piling on and increasing the chance to trip up someone and nail them with another felony and prison time.


Which one do you get for failure to register? Denial of benefits or prison? Failure to register is a felony. Or is it an infraction? Or both. When you are in prison then you will be following the registry laws. Then you can have your public assistance back, but it won’t matter,. Catch 22.

If the registrant fails to update his address how do they know where to send his EBT card in the first place?

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