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Tiered Registry Bill Passed by Assembly Committee

The Tiered Registry Bill (Senate Bill 421) was passed today by the Assembly’s Public Safety Committee. The final vote on the bill was 5 in favor (Chairman Jones Sawyer as well as committee members Rubio, Quirk, Santiago and Gonzalez-Fletcher), one opposed (Lackey) and one who did not vote (Flora).

During deliberations on the bill, the bill’s author (Senator Scott Wiener) stated the reform of the state’s sex offender registry “is long overdue”. He added that the registry was originally meant to be a tool of law enforcement. Law enforcement now believes that this tool is no longer effective because it includes too many people. Sen. Wiener also noted that there is a broad coalition of support, including law enforcement and district attorneys, for reformation of the registry. Further, Sen. Wiener stated that the registry has resulted in significant negative impacts upon both registrants and their families on issues such as housing and employment.

Two district attorneys testified in support of SB 421. Nancy O’Malley, the Alameda County DA, stated that SB 421 is a “very strong public safety bill” and urged members of the committee to vote in its favor. Jackie Lacey, the L.A. County DA, thanked Sen. Wiener for his leadership as author of the bill. She noted that the Tiered Registry Bill will help law enforcement keep better track of sexual predators.

Following the testimony of the two district attorneys, more than 75 people spoke in favor of the Tiered Registry Bill. Most of those individuals were registrants or family members of registrants.

“This is a significant victory for registrants and their loved ones,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “We are now very close to obtaining freedom from the registry for many people who do not pose a current danger.”
The Tiered Registry Bill will next be heard by the Appropriations Committee and if the bill is passed by that committee, it will be voted on by members of the Assembly between September 5 and September 15.

Amended Version – July 13

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  1. Matthew

    Anyone hear of a date for the next vote? I am thinking it should be sometime in early August?

    • Janice Bellucci

      There is no date yet for consideration of SB 421 by the Appropriations Committee. The entire legislature will go on recess from July 21 thru August 20. We expect the Committee to consider the bill between August 20 and September 5. If the bill is released from the committee’s suspense file, it will be considered on the floor of the Assembly between September 5 and September 15. If the bill not released from the suspense file by September 15, it will be dead.

      • AlexO

        Oh man. I hope after all this time and work it won’t simply die like that.

        • TG

          SB 421 is not in any suspense file. It’s been referred to the Assembly Appropriations Committee. They might put it in the suspense file, but that hasn’t happened yet

      • Matthew

        Thank you for that info. I think we would be crushed if it died.

        • Timmr, not an expert

          If it is any consolation, I think if there is any concerted opposition to the bill it is what has already surfaced. This bill has not snuck up on anyone. There has been much publicity over it.
          It may be helpful to repeat the serenity prayer over a few times.

      • David

        Thank you for this update. Please keep us posted. ☺

  2. James A

    Here is the Assembly’s calendar for the remainder of this bill cycle:
    July 22 through Aug. 20 Summer Recess
    Sept. 1 Last day for fiscal committees to meet and report bills to the Floor.
    Sept. 8 Last day to amend on the Floor.
    Sept. 15 Last day for any bill to be passed.
    Basically, Aug. 21 to Sep. 15 will be the busy periods for this bill. Four weeks. Appropriations Comm. could hear this bill either Aug. 23 or 30.

  3. kern county

    september 01-september 15 is what i heard

  4. Joe

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    SB 421 is on the calendar of the Assm Appropriations Committee on August 23 – next Wednesday (Session resumes August 21).

    https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billStatusClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB421
    http://apro.assembly.ca.gov/hearings

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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