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.