A single change is to be expected. Multiple changes for multiple bills is not.
Could it be then that legislators are changing the hearing dates for these bills because it is more difficult to hit a moving target? Maybe, maybe not.
In this time of uncertainty, one thing that is certain is that when a hearing date changes, new letters must be sent and new phone calls must be made. In addition, travel plans must be changed which can be costly and pose challenges for those lucky enough to have a job.
We must be flexible. We must be resilient. We must stay focused on the legislative process and its many changes, whether intentional or not.
There are multiple bills now pending in the state legislature which could significantly help or harm registrants and their families. For example, Senate Bill 26 could harm the children of registrants by making it difficult, if not impossible, for their parents to participate in their education. That bill could also prohibit registrants from performing their jobs on school campuses during school hours and worship in churches that meet on school grounds.
Another example is Assembly Bill 558 which could re-victimize some victims of sexual abuse by adding their addresses to the Megan’s Law website. This could also harm registrants convicted of minor offenses, some long ago, by exposing their names and personal information to the public.
And while the hearing date for the most significant piece of pending legislation – the Tiered Registry Bill (Senate Bill 695) — has not yet been changed, that is a distinct possibility. The current hearing date is April 18, however, there are reports that the hearing date may be changed to a later date.
What can we do in a time of uncertainty? We must keep our eye on the prize, that is, the legislation now pending that could significantly harm or help more than 100,000 California families. In order to help you do that, we will continue to report new hearing dates on this website as they become available. In the meantime, we ask that you Show Up- Stand Up- Speak Up by writing letters and making phone calls.
— by Janice Bellucci
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