The Senate Appropriations Committee added Senate Bill 26 (SB 26) to its Suspense File during its hearing on May 15. The Committee is expected to decide whether to keep SB 26 in that file during its final hearing on May 25. If the bill is not removed from the Suspense File on that date, SB 26 can not move forward.
So far, SB 26 has been amended four times — on March 20, April 5, April 18 and May 20 — by its author Senator Connie Leyva. As currently written, some registrants who are parents would be allowed to visit school campuses but only if they are supervised by a school employee. Registrants convicted of 10 offenses, including one misdemeanor, would be prohibited from visiting a school campus for any reason.
“This bill would harm children by denying them the support of their parents,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci.
Sen. Leyva introduced SB 26 after the Fontana Unified School District, which is part of the senate district she represents, adopted a policy in September 2016 that prohibits registrants from visiting the district’s 46 school campuses for any reason. A lawsuit challenging that policy was filed a month later. A hearing regarding the merits of the lawsuit will be held on May 23 in San Bernardino Superior Court.