The Alliance for Constitutional Sex Offense Laws (ACSOL) led more than 35 people, including registrants, family members and supporters in Lobby Day 2020 in the California Capitol. The focus of the day was necessary changes to the Tiered Registry Law that will become effective next year.
“We met in the offices of 28 legislators, who are either members of a Public Safety Committee or were newly elected last year,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “These are the legislators who will lead the way toward a tiered registry that increases public safety and protects civil rights.”
Lobby Day 2020 began with a training session for all participants, including seven Team Leaders. Following that training, participants met with the leader of the team to which they were assigned. The teams then met in legislative offices where appointments had already been made as well as drop-by meetings in offices where participants are constituents.
The participants in Lobby Day 2020 included both veterans who have participated in previous Lobby Days as well as those new to the lobbying process.
“I feel empowered,” stated one person new to the lobbying process. “The people with whom my team met were willing to listen to what I had to say.”
“We made progress today toward correcting the mistakes made in the original Tiered Registry Law,” stated a veteran Lobby Day participant. “I plan to return next year to ensure that those mistakes have been corrected.”
Due to the growing interest in Lobby Day, ACSOL leaders plan to change sign-up procedures in order to expand participation in next year’s event. Although a specific date has not yet been set, Lobby Day 2021 will take place in the month of February.