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Assembly Bill 558 (ML Web Site Exclusion) – Hearing Postponed Indefinitely

UPDATE 3/27: AB 558 hearing has been postponed indefinitely.

Update: AB 558 is scheduled for hearing by the Assembly Public Safety Committee on March 28.

Public Safety Committee contact info below.

Update 3/15: The hearing scheduled for March 21 has been postponed indefinitely.

Update 3/10: March 21 at 9 a.m. in Room 126 of the State Capitol. Please join us to speak in opposition to the bill. Plan to spend the entire morning there as it is one of many bills to be considered that morning.

Assembly Bill 558, which would significantly reduce the number of people who quality for exemptions from the Megan’s Law website, is expected to be considered by the Public Safety Committee later this month. Therefore, it is time to send letters and make phone calls to the members of that committee. Attached are a letter sent to Committee Chairman Jones-Sawyer about AB 558 as well as a list of committee members that includes mailing addresses and phone numbers. Please send your letters no later than March 17 if possible.

Sample Letter in Opposition to AB 558 (pdf)

Assembly Public Safety Committee

Reginald B. Jones-Sawyer, Sr. (Chair)
Dem – 59
Contact Assembly Member Reginald B. Jones-Sawyer, Sr.
Capitol Office, Room 2117
P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0059; (916) 319-2059
Tom Lackey (Vice Chair)
Rep – 36
Contact Assembly Member Tom Lackey
Capitol Office, Room 2174
P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0036; (916) 319-2036
Jordan Cunningham
Rep – 35
Contact Assembly Member Jordan Cunningham
Capitol Office, Room 4102
P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0035; (916) 319-2035
Lorena S. Gonzalez Fletcher
Dem – 80
Contact Assembly Member Lorena S. Gonzalez Fletcher
Capitol Office, Room 2114
P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0080; (916) 319-2080
Bill Quirk
Dem – 20
Contact Assembly Member Bill Quirk
Capitol Office, Room 2163
P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0020; (916) 319-2020
Blanca E. Rubio
Dem – 48
Contact Assembly Member Blanca E. Rubio
Capitol Office, Room 5175
P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0048; (916) 319-2048
Miguel Santiago
Dem – 53
Contact Assembly Member Miguel Santiago
Capitol Office, Room 6027
P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0053; (916) 319-2053


Bill Would Eliminate Exclusions from Megan’s Law Website (AB 558)

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April 18th. That’s the date for the hearing on the tiered registry bill.
Is she tweaking it to be completely compatible with that one? So she can get credit for something? Or save face?

Considering one of the major objectives is to de-clutter the current registry of low-risk offenders in order to be able to monitor the truly dangerous more effectively there doesn’t seem to be much room for Asm. Quirk-Silva’s ridiculous, career-motivated amendments which only seek to unnecessarily increase the registry AND harm the families of those registrants.

Depends on if the meeting times are the same. Opponents can’t be in two places at one time. Probably more will attend the tiered registry bill meeting, leaving less opposition for 558.

Timmr – If they schedule the hearings at the same time, I will be sure to attend the one on AB 558. I lobbied in Sacto against it on March 20-21 and will do everything I can to make sure this horror never sees the light of day.

The website (public shaming) is one of the worst punishments they can throw at RCs and their families/friends. It is clear that this bill is spiteful and counterproductive, and many legislators can actually see that.

I agree, the public shaming part is the worst part of registration. Watching public testimony in favor of putting more people on the web site, I can almost see them salivating at the thought of making more people suffer. I can try to get a Southwest flight that doesn’t cost much, and if they postpone, I can use it another time.

AB 558 is scheduled for April 18th.
Now that the Tiered Registry has been pulled it seems MUCH more important now to voice our opposition to this Bill.
Should we start making more phone calls and emails now or wait till the week of the hearing?

Here’s the official scheduled date for AB558 on April 18th:

Yes! Now is the time to send letters and make phone calls to the Public Safety Committee in the Assembly. We are OPPOSED to this bill.

JCrsn and everyone!

Make calls and send letters now! I called all the committee members’ Sacramento offices today. It’s very easy. All you do is say you want to put in opposition to a bill the assemblyperson will hear as part of the public safety committee.

They ask your name and address. That’s all there is to it. I also sent letters to all of them AND to my own assemblyman.

PLEASE NOTE that there is a new member of the Public Safety Committee – Heath Flora – so if you haven’t contacted him, now is the time.

Would love your thoughts, please comment.x