4th September 2020
Posted: Sep 4, 2020
Updated: 9:35 a.m.
SACRAMENTO (KUSI) – California law lowering penalties for sexual relations with minors hits Governor Newsom’s desk.
SB 145 passed both legislatures and would remove the obligation for offenders to register as sex offenders after engaging in certain sexual acts with minors within a 10 year age difference.
The legislation applies in cases where the victim is between 14 and 17 years old. It is also trying to lift the existing registration requirement for oral and anal intercourse.
Both the California Senate and the Assembly voted in favor of SB 145, which had Republican opposition in the Senate and even bipartisan opposition in the Assembly.
SB 145 was introduced by State Senator Scott Weiner and is designed to treat LGBT offenders in the same way as heterosexual offenders. Weiner cites a similar exception to the registration requirement for partners with a similar age difference.
“If it signs a law, a 24-year-old could have sexual relations with a 15-year-old child without registering as a sex offender,” Senate Republican chairman Shannon Grove tweeted Tuesday.
Senator Shannon Grove joined KUSI News to discuss why she is asking the Californians to order Governor Newsom to veto SB 145.