The Lancaster City Council, in a unanimous vote, repealed virtually all of its sex offender ordinance during a meeting on March 26. This was the second and final vote on that issue.
“California RSOL did what had to be done by challenging an ordinance that violated both the state and federal constitutions,” stated President Janice Bellucci. “The Lancaster ordinance prevented more than 100,000 individuals and their families from visiting public places such as the museum and library as well as private places such as movie theaters and bowling alleys.”
The Lancaster City Council passed the sex offender ordinance on September 11, 2012, despite testimony from California RSOL in opposition to the ordinance and no testimony in its support. California RSOL challenged the ordinance on behalf of three registered citizens and Lancaster residents in federal district court on December 18, 2012.
“It is unfortunate that it took the City of Lancaster more than six months to realize the mistake they made,” stated Frank Lindsay, Treasurer of California RSOL. “We can only hope that all of the cities who have passed similar ordinances will follow the example set by the City of Lake Forest and followed by the City of Lancaster and repeal their ordinances.”
NOTE (added 3/30): The revised ordinance should go into effect 30 days after the final repeal (March 26). You might want to check with the authorities before testing it.