UPDATED NEWS: CA Senate Bill 615 Temporarily Suspended
Please write to oppose California Senate Bill 615, which would harm the LGBTQ community!
Senator Melissa Melendez (Republican, Riverside) has introduced a bill, that if enacted into law, would significantly reduce the benefits of former Senate Bill 145, authored by Senator Scott Wiener (Democrat, San Francisco). Specifically, the Senate Bill 615 would require anyone convicted of committing certain sexual acts with a minor more than three years younger to register as a sex offender. The existing law, established in former Senate Bill 145, does not require registration unless the person is more than 10 years older than the minor.
“ACSOL opposes Senate Bill 615 and its attempt to gut legislation passed recently in support of members of the LGBTQ community,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci.
Senate Bill 615 was introduced on February 22 and has not yet been assigned for consideration by the Senate Public Safety Committee. However, all bills affecting public safety issues must be considered by the public safety committee in the house of origin no later than April 30.
Click here to download a sample letter opposing Senate Bill 615:
SB 615 – OPPOSE – March 2021_000573.pdf
As you can see in the letter, please mail the letter to:
Senator Steven Bradford, Chairman
Senate Public Safety Committee
State Capitol Room 2031
Sacramento, CA 95814
ACSOL members are requested to send similar, but not the same, letters to members of the Senate Public Safety Committee as soon as possible.