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July 12, 2011 > Bill requiring out-of-state sex offenders to register in California advances

Bill requiring out-of-state sex offenders to register in California advances

Submitted By Teala Schaff

A bill authored by Senate Majority Leader Ellen M. Corbett (D-San Leandro) that would require out-of-state sex offenders to register in California cleared the Assembly Public Safety Committee with a 4-1 vote on July 5, 2011.

Senate Bill 622 would require out-of-state sexual offenders to register in California upon moving to the state. The bill would direct the Department of Justice to immediately assess the past convictions of out-of-state offenders who now reside in California and determine whether they need to register, too.

"SB 622 protects the public and ensures that sex offenders are registered in California, as required by state law," Corbett said. "This bill brings all sex offenders, no matter where they are from, under the same disclosure requirements to better protect Californians."

One example of a sex offender who moved to California from another state and re-offended is Philip Garrido. The bill next goes to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

SB 622 has received strong bipartisan support, passing without a single no vote in Senate Public Safety Committee, Senate Appropriations Committee and on the Senate floor. It is co-authored by Sens. Elaine Alquist (D-San Jose), Tom Berryhill (R-Modesto), Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) and Assemblymember Paul Cook (R-Yucaipa).

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