Today the Assembly Appropriations Committee released AB 558 from its Suspense File. As a result, the bill will be voted upon by all members of the Assembly on or before June 2.
“The committee’s decision is a significant blow to the rights of registrants who were convicted of misdemeanors and other low level offenses,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “In the past, the state legislature wisely decided not to post this information on a public website and that wisdom should be continued.”
As currently written, AB 558 would eliminate exemptions given to thousands of registrants from inclusion on the CA Megan’s Law website.
“The posting of this information on the state’s public website will harm both victims and registrants,” stated ACSOL President Chance Oberstein. “If passed into law, the bill could result in thousands of registrants losing their jobs, their housing or both.”
If AB 558 is approved by the Assembly, the bill will be considered by at least two Senate committees.