New California law requires sex offenders to register with campuses

CALIFORNIA — A new law now requires convictedsex offenders to register with campus police when they enrollin or become employed on a college or university campus.

Gov. Gray Davis signed the bill (AB 4), sponsored by PatriciaBates, into law on Monday. The law will take effect in October2002.

Giving campus law enforcement agencies this information willlead to increased safety measures on all California campuses,said Detective Sally Miller of the Santa Rosa Junior College PoliceDepartment, a supporter of the bill.

California’s "Megan’s Law" requires convicted sexoffenders to register only where they reside. This allowed offendersto avoid registering in the location of their college campuses.

Campus police will be able to use the new information in investigations,but the public will not be able to access the list.

"This is first of its kind, landmark legislation,"said S. Daniel Carter, vice president of Security on Campus, anon-profit campus safety advocacy group. Carter worked with campuspolice officials to help develop this bill.