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New Legislation Targets Sex Offenders

"Most registered sex offenders will re-offend, which means we have to take a proactive approach when dealing with the worst of the worst."

An Inland Empire lawmaker today introduced a bill that would require convicted sex offenders to have a state-issued identification card or driver's license in their possession at all times.

"Requiring the most dangerous sex offenders to carry a form of identification is the most effective way for law enforcement to determine a suspect's registration status," said Assemblyman Paul Cook, R-Beaumont. "Most registered sex offenders will re-offend, which means we have to take a proactive approach when dealing with the worst of the worst."

Assembly Bill 1695 targets offenders whose convictions stemmed from a violent sexual attack or the sexual assault of a child.

Under California Penal Code section 290, anyone convicted of a sexual offense in California must register their address with law enforcement and notify authorities whenever they relocate.

"This bill says they also have to have a state ID on them," John Sobel, the assemblyman's chief of staff, told City News Service. "That way, when law enforcement officials are searching for someone, and they happen to stop someone covered under this bill, that person will have an ID, and it will be easy to identify him or her."

In the 2011 legislative session, Cook introduced AB 885, which would have required sex offenders to possess an ID or driver's license with a scannable strip onto which their registration status would have been encoded, permitting authorities to immediately determine their identity.

Cook reasoned that such a device would enhance law enforcement officials' ability to locate suspects during a search for a missing child or determine whether convicted sex offenders were violating their parole.

The bill was voted down in the Assembly Committee on Transportation, where a majority of lawmakers said the program would be too expensive, according to Sobel.

AB 1695 is slated to be heard by the same committee in the next few weeks.

Rudy101 March 16, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Nope! I get to speak and nothing you can do about it!
UNCLE FESTER March 16, 2012 at 04:50 PM
ok.. this is just getting stupid. over and over with same old crap...i would like a cheese burger and some fries please...
Tennis fan 038 November 29, 2012 at 03:28 PM
By the laws that have been passed families are restricted on how to help, and protect the communities. Families would like to help but because of Megans Law/Jessica's Law their hands are tied and the offenders have no support, and con-sequently go out and commit another crime. They become homeless, live out in the communities as vagrants (not good). If a family wants to give their family member a place to live, and the family member is being monitored by family then the community should be more in tuned. Sometimes our laws make matters worse. Tennis fan038
Valerie Parkhurst December 05, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Try reading the preceding post Tennis fan, "offenders offend if its a cloudy day" lack of support, more restrictive laws and all the weasel clauses in the world doesnt make one iota of difference..any reason to unzip their pants? Is reason enough ..catch up.
JFH May 10, 2013 at 01:52 PM
There is nothing more frightening than ignorance with cause.

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