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A member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives said his proposed legislation will adapt the Adam Walsh Act to prevent retroactive application of the law and still require sex offenders to continue registration as sex offenders to the Pennsylvania State Police.

According to state Rep. Ron Marsico, R-Dauphin’s memo, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision in Commonwealth v. Muniz found the state’s sexual offender registration act, known as the Adam Walsh Act of 2012, can’t be applied to defendants who committed their crimes before 2012 based on the U.S. and Pennsylvania constitutions.

Marsico said that could lead to removal of 10,000 sexual offenders from the state sexual offender registry. Marsico said his proposed legislation would conform the Adam Walsh Act to the Muniz case by preventing retroactive application of the law. His legislation would also place Megan’s Law III’s “safety net” that requires sex offenders—who haven’t currently finished their registration as a sex offender—to continue to register with the Pennsylvania State Police.

— Victoria Hudgins, of the Law Weekly