Tiered Registry Bill Stopped by Appropriations Committee

The Appropriations Committee of the California Assembly today stopped further consideration of the tiered registry bill, AB 702, this calendar year.  There was no discussion of the bill nor was a vote taken.  Instead, Chairman Mike Gatto (Democrat, Los Angeles) decided to “hold the bill” in the committee’s suspense file.
“This is a sad day for registrants in California,” stated CA RSOL President Janice Bellucci.  “Because of this decision, California will remain 1 of only 4 states in the nation that has a lifetime registry for all registrants.”
The tiered registry bill could be considered in 2014, however, it will face consideration by the same committee next year as well. 
“Dozens of registrants and members of their families showed up, stood up and spoke up in support of the tiered registry bill,” Bellucci stated.  “Their voices were held in the State Capitol at a critical time.”
CA RSOL will continue to monitor state legislation affecting registrants and members of their families throughout 2013.  Reports will be provided to members via this website as well as by E-mail.  

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Do you know that sex offender registry is unconstitutional in Canada? How can we get rid of this horrible labeling in this country? The number is getting larger and larger everyday. This is a life sentence. Please tell me how I can help. This task is my number one priority to this task.
We should not give up. We should continue . Even the psychiatrists are agreeing that this registry does more harm and good and puts every one for a little mistake in the list. Please don’t give up. Let me know what I can do to help.

Joe, I’m gonna borrow your statistics. 1 out of 141 people on the registry makes California a very unattractive place to live, work, go to school or start a business. And of course, unless we can makes some legislative changes, that figure will continue bloating.

Clearly we’re neither sufficiently organized or endowed to have much impact on these issues, even when what’s in the interests of RSOs and their families is consistent with the public interest.

A MASSIVE PR campaign must be launched. It would come at a cost of millions of dollars.

I suggest we do a better job organizing, including rallying every RSO and supporter we can find. For many of them, we have their addresses already…

People will need to donate time and money as they can to pull this off. It may take a long time, but with a PR blitz at the right time, we could build enough momentum to establish a sensible comprehensive reform that is fair, just, and equitable, and above all improves public safety at a lower cost to the state.

Another tactic might be the proposition route. State propositions are so Orwellian in their language yes is no and no means yes and million are duped by them each election. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.