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CA: Governor’s New Executive Order Encourages Remote Registration


California Governor Gavin Newsom has issued a new Executive Order that encourages law enforcement agencies “to adopt telephonic, remote, or other procedures for registration” for a period of 60 days.  The Order also encourages law enforcement agencies to “post or publicize” any new registration procedures it adopts “through means calculated to reach any person subject to the (Sex Offender Registration) Act.”

“Governor Newsom has demonstrated both leadership and compassion by issuing an order that encourages law enforcement agencies to stop in-person registration for 60 days,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci.  “The adoption of alternate registration procedures will save lives by reducing the threat of COVID-19 infection.”

In order to ensure that the important requirements of the Sex Offender Registration Act remain in place, the Governor’s Order suspends  the Act’s requirement that registrants provide their signature, fingerprints and photographs for 60 days.

“This Order will protect the public in a more efficient manner as well as maximize public safety,” stated ACSOL President Chance Oberstein.

Although the Order encourages the use of alternative methods for registration, it allows law enforcement agencies to continue in-person registration for individuals who lack the technology required for those methods.

In addition to registration, the Governor’s Order includes changes to a variety of state requirements involving such matters as driver’s licenses, public school project inspectors and workers’ compensation claims.  According to the Order, these changes are necessary due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the statement on Gov. Newsom’s website

CA Governors Order for Remote Registration – 8 May 2020 (PDF)


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I’m betting the cops go rogue now.

They already were, using their connections with Nextdoor and other similar outside agencies that can help them do their work while sidestepping the courts.

It seems like the order could be grounds in the future to argue that in person registration was never really necessary. Granted the text of the law is what it is, but if the text can be waived temporarily then perhaps it didn’t really have the intended “regulatory” benefit in the first place. Oh sure extra information gives some people a sense of security. Yet the data shows no one is actually safer let alone deterred more from breaking laws if they truly want to cause chaos.

👍👍👍 This is great news!! I have to register in a few weeks and, hopefully, my local police department will revise registration guidelines for COVID-19 safety. THANK YOU, ACSOL & JANICE, FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK!!! 😁
(My monthly donation is modest, but I am so glad I can support ACSOL!!)

It took long enough. Embarrassing when you think about it. In comparison, Virginia did this in late March, with all temporary forms on the Virginia State Police website, including the memo regarding usage of the forms.

What it comes down to, in the final analysis, is that the governments of various states started planning in advance because this takes time to work through and prepare. Shame on California for taking so long, but at least it’s done.

Wait until the federal government outlaws paper money in the next year or two.

@David, so do I but AlCo did NOT yet chg policy and others may come in . Thx Dave
Hope @Jack isn’t right, but it does give them freedom for a visit@YOUR HOME. since suggests for an onspot.

So, I just called the local sheriff’s department in Orange County. Their website says that they are closed to the public, so I wanted to know how to handle our upcoming registration. I also mentioned the Governor’s executive order and I was told to call back next week to see if they are open again. Supposedly, it is up to each department whether they want to open, and the Governor’s order is just a guideline and states that departments are “encouraged” to use other means of registration rather than in-person. In reading the Governor’s order further, it states that the Police Department needs to make public or reach each registrant to inform them about the registration process if they are not open for in-person registration. I have not seen that happen, have any of you? In any case, we will call back Monday, and hopefully, they will still be closed.

A step in the right direction

Wow. They really are struggling hard to stay relevant during Corona. Seems like they hate anything competing against us that is scarier, so I’m sure they can’t wait for this to be over so it’s back to “business as usual” for them! Ratcheting up the fear propaganda of sex offenders appears to be their mainstay.

@ Happy. Thanks for the tip about VA police althought I never have went their site. I did get a call from the PO today and it appears I have a young man. Since the last two months I have not registered due to this virus. He updated me to all this monitering by phone gave me a date in june to report, left me his number, and went about his other daily work. One doubt’s if they will penalize you during this pandemic period we are going thru.

It all boils down to responsiblity in many other things. Even letting some prisoners is a responsiblity that are goign thru someof this ordeal I would suppose.

So this 60 day period has passed – has it been extended? Given this second and more severe wave of covid infections – are we not taking this as serious the 2nd time?

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