By a vote of 39 to 0, the Senate passed internet identifier bill SB 448 on September 2. The bill is now eligible for consideration by the Assembly.
“We must continue to assert pressure upon the Assembly to stop this bill,” stated CA RSOL president Janice Bellucci. “This bill has been rushed through the legislative process and needs more careful consideration.”
The legislature is scheduled to end its deliberations for the calendar year on September 11. In order for SB 448 to be passed by the Assembly, the bill would require either consideration by both the Public Safety and Appropriations Committees or a Rules Committee decision that such consideration is not necessary and a positive vote on the Assembly floor.
“California RSOL has voiced its opposition to this bill to the Assembly leadership,” stated Bellucci. “Additional voices must be heard in order to stop the legislature from making a major mistake.”
The internet identifier bill is the result of a “gut and amend” process that stripped the contents of an unrelated bill.
The bill was first heard by the Senate Public Safety Committee on July 14 where the Committee approved the bill with only a promise by the author to amend it. The bill was amended slightly, however, there are reports that committee members are displeased with the amendments. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the bill on August 27.