Committees within the California legislature have begun the process of scheduling consideration of bills of importance to registrants and their loved ones.
AB 884 – Oppose:
The Assembly’s Public Safety Committee will consider Assembly Bill 884 at its hearing on March 26 that will begin at 9 a.m. in Room 126 of the State Capitol.
“If Assembly Bill 884 becomes law, it will gut the Tiered Registry Law,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “Specifically, the bill would move more than 40,000 people from Tier 2 that requires 20 years of registration to Tier 3 that requires lifetime registration.”
The Tiered Registry Law was passed by the legislature and signed into law in October 2017 and is scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2021. Under the Tiered Registry Law, individuals required to register would be assigned to one of three tiers based upon the offense for which they were convicted. Tier assignment would determine when an individual is eligible to petition for removal from the registry. Specifically, individuals assigned to Tier 1 could be eligible to petition for removal after 10 years while individuals assigned to Tier 2 could be eligible to petition for removal after 20 years. Individuals assigned to Tier 3 would not be eligible to petition for removal because they would be required to register for a lifetime.
The bill was introduced by Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez (Republican, Murrieta) on February 20.
This bill would assign to Tier 3 individuals convicted of violating PC 288(a), lewd and lascivious acts with a minor under 14.
“It is important for registrants, their loved ones and all who support them to oppose Assembly Bill 884,” stated Bellucci. “We strongly urge everyone to call the offices of the Assembly’s Public Safety Committee members as well as to participate in the March 26 hearing.”
(2) CALL NOW:
Committee Members – District – Phone
Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr. (Chair) Dem – 59 (916) 319-2059
Tom Lackey (Vice Chair) Rep – 36 (916) 319-2036
Rebecca Bauer-Kahan Dem – 16 (916) 319-2016
Tyler Diep Rep – 72 (916) 319-2072
Sydney Kamlager-Dove Dem – 54 (916) 319-2054
Bill Quirk Dem – 20 (916) 319-2020
Miguel Santiago Dem – 53 (916) 319-2053
Buffy Wicks Dem – 15 (916) 319-2015
(3) WRITE LETTERS NOW:
Letters should be addressed to Committee Chairman Reginald Jones-Sawyer and sent by FAX to (916) 319-3745.
The mailing address for the Assembly Public Safety Committee is:
1020 N Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Mail soon to get there in time!
Click here to download a sample letter:
SB 145 – Support:
The second bill of importance to registrants and their loved ones is SB 145 which the Senate Public Safety Committee is expected to will consider April 2 in Room 4203 at 9:30 a.m. This bill will reduce penalties that gay men are now facing if the difference between their age and the age of their alleged victim is 10 years or less.
The mailing address for the Senate Public Safety Committee is Room 2031, State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814. Letters should be addressed to Committee Chairwoman Nancy Skinner and sent by FAX to (916) 445-4688.
A list of the Senate Public Safety Committee members and their phone numbers is available here for you to call:
3/12/19: We will be sending updated action alerts for this bill. Be sure to subscribe.