Friday, March 23, 2012

Legislative update for 3/23/12

Mike is a member of the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice and is actively involved with the legislative committee which monitors all of the criminal justice bills that come through the Capital each year. 2012 has, like most years, had some bad bills proposed. CACJ has been active in killing several of those bills. Mike was actively involved and wrote the opposition letter to a bill that would require all registered sex offenders to carry identification. This would have widened the discretion for law enforcement to stop citizens.

Below is the CACJ Legislative Update

A multitude of public safety bills are being deliberated on as we move into the height of the legislative session. CACJ Legislative Committee members have continued to volunteer their time to fight back against the flurry of bills to expand the criminal justice system. We have seen a number of key victories this past week including the voting down of a bill to require sex offenders to carry identification.  

Bills up next week:
AB 1709 (Mitchell) Jury Trials for Juveniles This bill would require that a minor be afforded the right to a jury trial if a juvenile adjudication can be used against them in the future.

 SB 968 (Wright) Electronic Monitoring This bill would allow a person to apply for reduced bail if they agree to begin an electronic monitoring program.

AB 1707 (Ammiano) CACI Listing Removal This bill would delete listings of minor perpetrators on the Child Abuse Central Index (CACI) 10 years after the incident if there were no subsequent incidents.

SB 1060 (Hancock) Lifetime ban on CalWORKS This bill would end the lifetime ban on CalWORKs eligibility to people who have a past felony conviction provided they verify that they have participated in a recovery program and certify that they are participating in or have successfully completed a government recognized treatment program.  

Bills defeated or pulled by author this week:
AB 1695 (Cook) Sex Offender Identification This bill would make it a misdemeanor for any registered sex offender convicted of a crime committed against a minor under the age of 14 to be found without their state issued identification card while outside their home. Bill defeated. Mike wrote the opposition letter

AB 1682 (Portantino) Statute of Limitations for Rape This bill would eliminate the statute of limitations for the crime of rape in California. Hearing delayed.

AB 1528 (Donnelly) Penalty Increase This bill would make disorderly conduct, an invasion of privacy, from a felony to a misdemeanor. Hearing delayed.

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