NYS LOOKS TO TOUGHER LAWS FOR SEX OFFENDERS
Having recently passed measures to prevent sex offenders from dropping off the Megan's Law registry, state officials are continuing to push ahead to strengthen laws that would keep sex offenders behind bars, with several new proposals coming out of the Senate, Assembly and governor's office last week. It's stricter than what's being proposed right now by the federal government, said Laura Ahearn, executive director of Parents for Megan's Law, about legislation that was passed by the Senate and Assembly on January 17, and signed the same day by Governor George Pataki, to keep convicted sex offenders on the Megan's Law registry. According to officials, level one sex offenders will be placed on the registry for 20 years, while level two and level three molesters will be required to register for life. One of the concessions put into the legislation was that level two offenders would be able to petition for removal after 20 years.