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.