Vidak authors measure to prevent sex offenders from secretly moving in next door to schools, parks and child care centers

Hanford Councilman Mendes alerted Vidak to the problem
Thursday, March 15, 2018

State Capitol – State Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) today announced he is amending his Senate Bill 1143 to prevent sex offenders from secretly moving in next door to schools, parks, and child care centers. Click here (pdf) to view the bill’s amended language.

Jessica’s Law (Proposition 83 of 2006) was essentially gutted by the State Supreme Court and what remains intact is not being consistently enforced by Governor Brown’s officials at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).

Both the State Supreme Court and CDCR claim that the residency prohibition section of Jessica’s Law, which was approved by over 70% of the voters, is allegedly unconstitutional.

“Given the Court’s and Brown administration’s reluctance to keep sex offenders from living near children, we looked into other possible solutions,” said Vidak.  “Our SB 1143 will force these sex offenders to at least, before they attempt to buy or rent near a school, park or child care center, notify the property owner in writing that they are a registered sex offender who was convicted of committing a crime against a child.  The property owner will be allowed to use this information as a reason to decline renting or selling the property to the sex offender.”

Hanford City Councilman Justin Mendes informed Vidak about a sex offender who was living next door to a child care center and that the Hanford police were prevented by the court ruling from forcing the sex offender to move out.

SB 1143 is in the Senate Rules Committee awaiting assignment to a policy committee.