Today the Assembly passed the Tiered Registry Bill (SB 384) by a vote of 42 to 22. A minimum of 41 votes was required for the bill to pass. Due to the Assembly’s passage, the final legislative step for the bill is concurrence by the Senate which is expected later today.
During the Assembly’s consideration of the bill, only three members spoke: two in favor and one in opposition. Speaking in favor of the bill were members Evan Low, who presented the bill, and Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher who stated that “this bill will help protect children” and “allow law enforcement to focus on those who are really dangerous”. She repeated a prior statement that any convicted of an offense involving a child would be assigned to Tier 3, which requires lifetime registration.
Member Melissa Melendez was the sole person to speak in opposition to the bill. She said that while she agrees with the contents of Tier 1 and Tier 3, she disagrees with the contents of Tier 2. She also stated that she agrees that there are too many low level registrants on the tiered registry bill today.
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The Senate concurred with the bill today about 1 am. Although the bill has passed it will not take effect until January 2021. Until then current law prevails. – Janice Bellucci