The Senate Appropriations Committee approved Senate Bill 145 by removing it from the committee’s suspense file last week. As a result, the bill will next be considered on the floor of the Senate. With the help of ACSOL and its members, Senate Bill 145 was approved by the Senate Public Safety Committee.
Please call your California State Senator now and say you want them to support Senate Bill 145 because it would treat gay people the same as straight for the offenses specified in the bill. The call should take only a minute.
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Please take action quickly even if you are not directly affected by this. We want to show our support for Senator Scott Weiner, author of the Tiered Registry Law and this bill, SB 145.
Here is the text of the bill:
According to his staff, the full Senate will vote on the bill no later than May 31. If Senate Bill 145 is passed by the full Senate, the bill will require approval by at least two committees (Public Safety and Appropriations) before it can be heard on the floor of the Assembly.
If the bill becomes law, Senate Bill 145 would provide equal treatment to those convicted of the same offense regardless of whether their partners are the same sex or a different sex provided that the difference in their ages is 10 years or less and the victim is at least 16 years old. This bill would change current law which requires registration for those convicted of the same offense, such as oral copulation, if the two individuals are of the same sex but does not require registration if the two individuals are of different sexes.
ACSOL continues to support Senate Bill 145 and its author, Senator Scott Wiener. We believe the law should not require anyone to register under these circumstances.
Please speak up by calling. We are all in this together.