The Assembly has just voted on AB 625 and defeated it by 41 to 19. It’s hard to believe that elected officials don’t understand the current challenges faced by the state’s 92,000+ registrants such as unemployment, homelessness and vigilante violence. These challenges are of course experienced by family members as well. California RSOL attempted to educate them by lobbying efforts in October, November, December and January. Many thanks to Frank and Marshall who lobbied with me during the first months and with 8 others who joined us in January. And kudos to Ray and Ken who distributed fliers in Sacramento on both Jan. 26 and Jan. 30. Finally, thanks to Dana who did a great job designing the fliers as well as the CA RSOL brochure.
Please know that this is JUST THE BEGINNING. We are dedicated to this cause and passage of a bill that will end the lifetime registry in California!!! We don’t want to remain in the company of Alabama, South Carolina and Florida as 1 of only 4 states in the nation with a lifetime registry. Our civil rights movement was dealt a setback today, but WE SHALL OVERCOME.
Our next meeting will be held on Feb. 18 in L.A. at the ACLU Building, 1313 W. 8th Street, at a new time. We will start at 1 p.m.