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Protecting Children from Horrors of Abuse
In response to two state appellate court cases, legislation will be before the governor in the coming days to ensure that certain sexual offenders continue to be required to register their whereabouts.
House Bill 1952 seeks to expand upon Act 10 of 2018, which re-implemented the Adam Walsh Act, commonly known as Megan’s Law. Both House Bill 1952 and Act 10 were needed to close any loopholes that may have allowed sexual offenders who were convicted before 2012 to skip the registration process.
Specifically, the legislation conforms the Adam Walsh Act (Megan’s Law) to a decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and requires those sex offenders who have not yet finished their period of registration to continue to register with the Pennsylvania State Police.
The overall legislation seeks to put back in place the important safety net to protect Pennsylvania’s children from dangerous sex offenders.
More information about Megan’s Law is available here.
Monthly Anti-Fraud Tips
The York County District Attorney’s Office is reminding residents of a scam involving scammers claiming to be with Publishers Clearing House.
Scammers call or send a letter claiming a consumer won the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes. Scammers tell the consumer he or she needs to send money to pay for fees and taxes in order to collect the prize. The consumer is asked to send money by Western Union or MoneyGram, or by getting a reloadable card or gift card.
However, it’s all a farce. If you think you’ve won a prize, keep the following things in mind to protect yourself from being scammed:
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has numerous articles discussing prize scams available on its website, www.ftc.gov. Publishers Clearing House tips for consumers at its website, which can be found here.
- If you are being asked to send money in any form to claim a sweepstakes check, lottery winnings, or other prize, it’s a scam.
- If you are instructed to deposit a check and send a portion of funds back, it’s a scam.
If you suspect a scam, be sure to report it to the FTC at www.ftc.gov/complaint or by calling 1-877-FTC–HELP.
State Parks, Forests Seek Volunteers
If you are seeking a way to volunteer and spend time outdoors, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Conservation Volunteer program encourages individuals to check out their local parks and forests for a wide range of opportunities.
The DCNR program is in addition to a volunteer initiative developed by the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation (PPFF). Under the PPFF umbrella, 41 chapters or “friends of” groups have formed in individual state parks and forests, focusing their energy on the local park or forest in their neighborhood, such as Gifford Pinchot State Park and Kings Gap Environmental Education Center.
Opportunities also exist in the “Stewards of Penn’s Woods” program. More information on that program, which allows volunteers to set their own schedule, is available here.
Download PA’s Happy Traveler Guide for Summer Fun
Pennsylvania has thousands of places for summer fun, and the state’s official travel guide, the Happy Traveler Guide, is available for downloading online here.
Categorized by region, the guide includes nearly 100 pages of attractions, lodging options, dining and many other recreational activities, stretching from Lake Erie to the City of Brotherly Love. The attractions are specially marked for these traveler categories: adventure, arts and culture, family, foodie, history buff, party animal and shopper.
Tourism is one of Pennsylvania’s largest industries, generating more than $40 billion annually from visitor spending and supporting nearly half a million jobs. Each year, Pennsylvania hosts almost 200 million travelers from across the United States, nearly 2 million visitors from Canada and 1 million from overseas markets.