By Todd Spitzer, Chairman of the OC Board of Supervisors, Portions courtesy of Assemblyman Brough
Assemblyman Bill Brough (R-Dana Point) introduced a bill that will authorize local governments to enact their own ordinances relating to sex offenders. AB 201 is a response to a court ruling that invalidated local measures concerning the restriction of sex-offenders.
“This legislation protects children and helps remove the false sense of security in our community parks. Local authorities have the best ability to serve their populations. At the end of the day, it’s about the safety of our kids,” said Brough.
Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said, “I support this bill aimed at giving local communities the right to protect themselves from dangerous sex offenders. The number one goal with this bill is to protect our children.”
“Cities and counties need to be able to defend our families from sex predators when California law fails to properly protect local communities.” said Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer. “When I was in the Assembly, I authored the laws putting Megan’s Law on the internet and creating the Sex Offender Management Board. Now that I am a County Supervisor, I see firsthand that law enforcement and local government need every possible weapon to restrict people who prey on our children.”
The state of California has a complex system in place to register and monitor sex offenders. A succession of laws in the last few years, such as Megan’s, Jessica’s, and Chelsea’s Laws, reminds Californians that monitoring registered sex offenders continues to be a public safety concern.