We did it! We stopped SB 267! The California state legislature will not consider for the remainder of this year any bill that would authorize cities and counties to pass laws that prohibit registered citizens from being present in or near public and private places.
“This great victory is the result of individuals writing letters and making phone calls to state senators as well as testifying before the Senate Public Safety Committee,” stated CA RSOL president Janice Bellucci. “It is also the result of support from like minded organizations including the ACLU, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Housing California and Alameda County.”
During the Senate Public Safety Committee hearing, there was overwhelming support from those who opposed the bill. The support began with formal testimony from ACLU, Housing California and California RSOL and was followed by informal testimony from like minded organizations and individuals, including registered citizens.
Senator Loni Hancock, chair of the Public Safety Committee, thanked the registered citizens who testified and added, “It takes a lot of courage to speak out due to the stigma of being on the registry.”
Following the testimony, Senators Mark Leno and Loni Hancock stated they could not support SB 267. Leno stated his position was based in large part on recommendations from the California Sex Offender Management Board (CA SOMB). Hancock agreed with Leno and then asked the author of the bill to withdraw it. The author of the bill, Senator Connie Leyva agreed to that request.
Because Senator Leyva withdrew the bill, it cannot be considered in 2015. The bill could, however, be amended and considered in 2016 provided that the amended bill is introduced in January 2016. The Assembly version of the bill, AB 201, was also withdrawn by its author and faces a similar fate.
– Janice Bellucci
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