The Assembly’s Public Safety Committee today passed Assembly Bill (AB 558). If this bill becomes law, individuals convicted of misdemeanor sex offenses as well as those convicted of similar offenses would be added to the public Megan’s Law website.
The Committee vote was made after testimony in opposition to the bill from the ACLU, ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci and 17 ACSOL members.
The sole member of the Committee who voted against the bill was Bill Quirk who said that the registry is already too long to be useful. Before voting in favor the bill, several members of the Committee acknowledged those who spoke in opposition to the bill and apologized for their vote in favor.
“I am very proud of the 17 ACSOL members who spoke in opposition to AB 558,” stated Bellucci. “We lost a battle today in the State Capitol, but we did not lose the war because there will be several more opportunities in the future, both in the Assembly and in the Senate, to stop this terrible bill.”
AB 558 will next be considered by the Assembly’s Appropriations Committee on a date yet to be determined. A bill similar to AB 558, which was introduced in the prior legislative session, was stopped by the Appropriations Committee.