Former U.S. Congressman Pat Murphy, a Democrat now running for the job, said he would be focused on solving what he called the "systemic failures" in current state laws that are rendering the Penn State scandal one of biggest in U.S. sports history.
Murphy, among other changes, is pushing for a statewide criminal intelligence database for sex crimes against children that would allow law enforcement agencies to share information and better coordinate their efforts in getting predators off the streets.
"The Penn State abuse allegations span multiple jurisdictions over 15 years, and what we are seeing is some law enforcement agencies were unaware of investigations in other jurisdictions," he said. "When you are dealing with sex offenders, particularly those who prey on kids, information sharing is critical."
He also would lobby the state legislature to repeal the statute of limitations, both criminal and civil, for sexual abuse of children and adopt stricter mandatory reporting laws.