The bill already extended the judges’ discretion to decide whether a man should be on California’s sex offender registry, but the existing discretion only applied to the person who had vaginal intercourse, The Associated The press reported.
The law Newsom signed on Friday allowed judges to exercise the same discretion when the case involves voluntary oral or anal sex.
State Sen. Scott Weiner (D), who introduced the bill, said the signing of Newsome’s bill ended “discrimination in behavior” with LGBTQ youth in California “Just as the youth have been treated directly since 1944.”
An already existing law in the state allowed judges to decide whether a person should be placed on California’s sex offender registry if he or she had voluntary vaginal intercourse with a 14 to 17-year-old age and from the person Was not more than 10 years old. The Bill extends the same discretion with respect to voluntary oral or anal sex.
The measure would not apply when a minor is under 14, when the age difference is greater than 10 years, or when a party states that sex was not consensual, the AP noted.
Weiner also addressed online criticism and misinformation of the bill, with the lawmaker saying that QAnon was circulated online by conspiracy theorists and praised Newsom for signing the bill despite tough politics.
“I am very grateful that Governor Newsom – one of the strongest allies of the LGBTQ community – has shown once again that he is ready to support our community when it is hard. And make no mistake. : The politics here is tough, largely with misinformation campaigns against Trump, QAnon and Maga law, “Weiner said in a statement. “The facts are clear: SB 145 only eliminates LGBTQ discrimination. Today, California took another step towards an egalitarian society. ”
Hema to be the true champion of LGBTQ community again – whenever it is tough – Gov Newsom signed # SB145, Ending discrimination with LGBTQ youth on the CA’s sex offender registry.
Thanks for looking through QAnon lies about this equality legislation. My statement: pic.twitter.com/MQlIIDxfnj
– Senator Scott Weiner (@Scott_Wiener) September 12, 2020
The California Police Chiefs’ Association also rebuffed false claims of airing the bill online.
“Despite misinformation, this bill does not legalize any crime against a child – SB 145 still maintains the SAME offender Penalty under current law, ”the association tweeted.
The association stated, “SB 145 only grants a judge the same discretion as to whether they have to use the facts of each limited case, which determines who goes to our sex offender registry.”
SB 145 only grants a judge the same discretion that they have to use the facts of each limited case to determine who visits our sex offender registry.
– CalChiefs (@CalChiefs) September 12, 2020