Twenty-three individuals, including six board members, lobbied in support of a tiered registry in Sacramento on January 27 and 28. Although a tiered registry bill has not yet been introduced, the lobbying effort focused upon the need for a tiered registry that would distinguish between and among those convicted of sex offenses during the registry’s 68 years of existence. Current law requires virtually everyone convicted of a sex offense to register for a lifetime regardless of the severity of the offense for which they were convicted or their current risk level.
Those who lobbied were divided into three teams in order to educate the greatest number of elected officials and staff. The primary focus of the lobbying efforts were members of the Public Safety committees of both the Assembly and the Senate. A secondary focus were newly elected members to both legislative bodies.
During meetings, state officials were provided copies of a recent report issued by the California Sex Offender Management Board which strongly recommends creation of a tiered registry and a report issued by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation which states that the rate of re-offense for sex offenders on parole is 1.8 percent. State officials were also provided background information regarding the California state registry.
California RSOL expects to return to Sacramento in late February or early March if a tiered registry bill is introduced in either the Assembly or the Senate. The deadline for introduction of the bill is February 27.