Added 4/9: Also on April 19 the Assembly Public Safety Committee will consider Assembly Bill 2569 that would terminate certain offender’s exclusion from the public Megan’s Law web site. The hearing will begin at 9 a.m. (#13 on agenda) in the State Capitol, Room 126.
The Senate Public Safety Committee will consider Senate Bill 1021, a bill that would allow cities to adopt and enforce residency restrictions, on April 19. The hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m. (#8 on agenda) in Room 4203 of the State Capitol Building.
“Senator Sharon Runner has introduced yet another bill that violates the Constitution and destroys families,” stated CA RSOL President Janice Bellucci.
The California Supreme Court decided in March 2015 that residency restrictions, as applied to parolee registrants in San Diego, violated the Constitution. This decision is based, in part, upon a lack of available and affordable housing for registrants. SB 1021 provides that a registrant could apply for an exception to cities’ residency restrictions if they could prove to a state appellate court that there was a lack of available and affordable housing where they chose to reside.
“This bill would shift a significant legal burden from cities to registrants,” stated CA RSOL Vice President Chance Oberstein. “The cost to pursue this remedy would require the expenditure of significant resources including time and money. As a result, many registrants would not be allowed to live with their loved ones.”
Senator Runner has introduced similar legislation in the past. Prior to introduction of SB 1021, the senator’s latest attempt to punish registrants was Senate Bill 54. California RSOL opposed that bill and it was defeated by the Senate Public Safety Committee on June 30, 2015.
“We cannot rest on our past success,” stated Bellucci. “It is time to send letters, make phone calls and testify before the Senate Public Safety Committee.”
- For Senate Public Safety Committee Contact information and sample letter, as well as previous discussion, see here