The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is throwing out portions of the state’s version of Megan’s Law, saying lawmakers violated the constitution’s requirement that new laws must be confined to a single subject.
The justices on Monday ruled that a set of changes made in 2004, creating a searchable online database of offenders, isn’t constitutional. The court put its decision on hold for three months.
The law made other changes to Megan’s Law and put a two-year statute of limitations on asbestos actions, established jurisdiction for park police and altered real estate law.
Chief Justice Ronald Castille dissented, saying he would have upheld the law.
A state police spokeswoman says changes made to the law since 2004 make it difficult to immediately assess the practical effect of the court’s decision.