A bill was introduced in the California Assembly on Feb. 14 that would eliminate most exclusions from registrants’ information being posted on the Megan’s Law website. The author of that bill, Assembly Bill 558 (AB 558), is Assembly Member Sharon Quirk-Silva, a Democrat from Orange County.
If the bill is passed, information regarding some registrants whose victims were 16 years and older, successfully completed probation or were convicted of incest and others would be added to the Megan’s Law website regardless of when the offense occurred or whether the registrant re-offended.
“Assembly Bill 558 is similar to another bill introduced in the state legislature last year that hurt families and failed to protect victims,” stated ACSOL executive director Janice Bellucci. “That bill was defeated and we must stop this bill too.”
The similar bill was Assembly Bill 2569, which was introduced in 2016 by Assembly Member Melissa Melendez, a Republican from Riverside County.