Sacramento – Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) issued the following statement in response to the Senate Public Safety Committee’s defeat of his Senate Bill 1143 today:
“SB 1143 would have allowed landlords, rental agents and homeowners to ask prospective tenants or buyers if they had to register with the police as someone convicted of an illegal act with a child.
“At the very least, people with kids in a community have a right to know if a child sex predator is trying to move-in next door – this measure would provide that notification. It also would have allowed the sale or rental request to be turned down by the property owner.
“If someone is required to register with the police for a previous sex crime involving a child, that is a serious thing and I think the neighborhood should have a right to know and prevent that individual from moving in.
“Unfortunately, the Democrat Senators on the Senate Public Safety Committee chose to protect the rights of sexual predators rather than the safety of our children.
“I want to thank Hanford City Councilman Justin Mendes for bringing this issue to our attention and coming to the Capitol to testify in support of my bill.”
Councilman Mendes issued the following statement following the hearing:
“Senate Democrats made it clear today that they believe sex offenders should be able to live next to daycares, parks and schools. Allowing these sexual predators to live next to a daycare and peak over a fence is playing Russian Roulette with the lives of our children.”