Governor Pataki yesterday signed into law a bill that will keep thousands of sex offenders from disappearing off a state monitoring list.  He signed the Megan's Law measure about an hour after it gained final legislative approval.  This new legislation will ensure that all sex offenders remain on the registry, most for life, and continue to give every parent and family the right to know exactly where sex offenders live, Pataki said.  The new law will require offenders who are deemed at moderate risk of committing another sex crime to register for life.  Laura Ahearn, of Parents for Megan's law, praised the new plan for being stronger than proposed minimum federal guidelines, which do not require Level 2 offenders to register for life.

(New York)