skip to main content

H.R. 2137 (104th): Megan’s Law


The text of the bill below is as of Jul 27, 1995 (Introduced).

Summary of this bill

Source: Wikipedia

Megan's Law is the name for a federal law, and informal name for subsequent state laws, in the United States requiring law enforcement authorities to make information available to the public regarding registered sex offenders. Laws were created in response to the murder of Megan Kanka. Federal Megan's Law was enacted as a subsection of the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act of 1994, which merely required sex offenders to register with local law enforcement. Since only few states required registration prior to Megan's death, the state level legislation to bring states in compliance —with both the registration requirement of Jacob Wetterling Act and community …


HR 2137 IH

104th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2137

To amend the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 to require the release of relevant information to protect the public from sexually violent offenders.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 27, 1995

Mr. ZIMMER (for himself, Ms. DUNN of Washington, and Mr. DEAL of Georgia) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To amend the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 to require the release of relevant information to protect the public from sexually violent offenders.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as ‘Megan’s Law’.

SEC. 2. RELEASE OF INFORMATION.

    Section 170101(d)(3) of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (42 U.S.C. 14071(d)(3)) is amended by striking ‘may’ and inserting ‘shall’.