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Sex offender registry bill revived after stalling in committee

[SFGate]

SACRAMENTO — With five days remaining in the legislative session, a San Francisco lawmaker revived a bill that would end lifetime registration for most sex offenders after the original bill stalled in a committee.

Democratic state Sen. Scott Wiener’s SB421 was held in the Assembly Appropriations Committee without a public vote two weeks ago after it passed four committees and the Senate. On Thursday, Wiener used a maneuver known as gut-and-amend to bring it back. Gut-and-amend is a long-used process loathed by some good government groups in which the contents of an active bill are dumped and replaced with those of a dead bill. The move can be used to bypass a committee that refuses to pass a particular bill.

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  1. Jack

    Wow, the press actually did what I thought they’d do. Deliberately misleading the public just like they did in the other states and making them think it’s non punitive. Why is it my worst suspicions are always true?

  2. mike r

    Yeah..place thousands of non-violent, non-contact offenders in with the habitual rapist and real child abductors and child rapist and apply everything you have at them. Someone said it is fanatsy or a vivid imagination to think they will be coming fro those left on in tier threem well here it is straight from the horses ass** mouth.

    “This proposed law will better protect the public from sexual predators by enabling law enforcement to focus on those who have committed the most serious sexual assault crimes and who pose the greatest danger of recidivism,”

  3. Eric

    It appears SW used a very slick political move to keep the bill alive. Only an experienced representative would know of this peculiar maneuver. I guess nobody really knows what the bill will look like. I hope most of the punitive wording is all just filler to get the bill through. It would be insanely regressive to place non-contact offenses, nearly 50,000 of them, in the tier three with kidnappers and rapists. How would that help law enforcement. It would confuse the heck out of them.

    • Robert Curtis

      I expect a lot of challenges to the reclassification issue if it’s retroactive. The Bill would be more viable if reclassification takes place for convictions after the enactment of law. No matter what the tiered registry bill as it is written stinks but it is a start. A later proposition put up for vote might be a better option after all the smoke clears. Give such a Proposition a catchy name like, “Sex Offender Containment Act” and make the thing more reasonable towards all registrants.

      • AlexO

        Reclassification how? No one is currently classified. We’re basically all equal at the moment.

    • Timothy Moore

      Eric, I am not disputing your figures, but was wondering where you got the 50,000. I wasn’t aware that non contact offenses make up half the registry in California . I thought the registry in CA was mostly 288 (not attempted 288), a contact offense. Those actual numbers would be very useful.

  4. mike r

    That was a good call Janice and team. I really appreciate the fact that you have recognized this monstrosity for what it is and will not speak on it either way, and that you will observe and relay what happens. I cant see anyone who cares with a reasonable mind supporting this bill. For what it’s worth, I have regained much respect you and your org.

  5. mike r

    I know this may be a stupid question, but I want to know if the following link is the actual CA constitution that I would cite in my motion???????

    http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displayText.xhtml?lawCode=CONS&division=&title=&part=&chapter=&article=I

    I need a definitive answer since I am going to be citing it.

  6. Jack

    Just reread the thing. Apparently subdivision c of 288 can land you in either tier one or tier 3 depending on the judges’s ruling I guess. How odd.

    • Mr. D

      @Jack – 288c is a wobbler offense. Recommend getting it reduced and ultimately dismissed if u can.

  7. ExpatRFSO

    This bill passed. On to the Governor now.

    Bill analysis and how each legislator voted:

    https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billAnalysisClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB384

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