The California legislature has passed a bill, Senate Bill 118, that modifies some provisions of the Tiered Registry Law set to take effect next year. The Governor signed the bill into law on August 6, 2020.
“The provision within Senate Bill 118 that will affect the greatest number of people can be found in Section 11 which requires that registrants must wait to file their petition after their next birthday following July 1, 2021,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “As a result, anyone whose birthday is January 1 through June 30 will not be able to file their petition until the month of their birthday in 2022.”
This provision of Senate Bill 118 was originally a provision in Assembly Bill 88 which is no longer viable.
In addition to the birthday provision, Senate Bill 118 adds a requirement that registering law enforcement agencies must notify the California Department of Justice (CA DOJ) when they receive a petition. Further, the bill requires courts to notify CA DOJ when they grant or deny a petition.
Finally, Senate Bill 118 clarifies when an individual assigned to Tier 2 may file a petition after only 10 years as well as when an individual assigned to Tier 3 may file a petition after 20 years.