The California legislature is considering changes to the Tiered Registry Law that, if passed, would delay when eligible individuals could petition for removal from the registry. That is, individuals would be required to wait until “on or after their next birthday after July 1, 2021, following the expiration of the person’s mandated minimum registration period.”
For example, if an eligible individual’s birthday is July 4, 2021, and he is on Tier 2, he can petition for removal on July 1, 2021. However, if an eligible individual’s birthday is June 30, he must wait to petition for removal until July 1, 2022.
The changes are included in Assembly Bill 88, Section 11, which has been passed by the full Assembly and now awaits a final vote in the Assembly. The bill is supported by both Republicans and Democrats. The bill also requires registering law enforcement agencies to notify the Department of Justice when it receives a petition.
“The stated reason for the delay in eligible individuals to submit their petitions is based upon an anticipated administrative burden,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “In the absence of this change, courts and district courts expect to receive thousands of petitions in July 2021.”
The last day on which the Assembly can vote on this bill is August 31.