On Wednesday, Senate leader Don Perata, D-Oakland, announced that he will
oppose Jessica’s Law, the sex-offender initiative, if the Legislature passes
alternative legislation authored by Sen. Elaine Alquist, D-San Jose.
With the announcement, Perata becomes the first major Democratic politician
in the state to oppose the measure.
“We have legislation that is much more sensible and effective at protecting
California’s children from sexual predators than the sloppily written
Jessica’s Law initiative,” said Perata.
Alquist, whose SB 1128 contains many of the same provisions as Jessica’s
Law, introduced her measure in January. Perata’s staff said the Senate
leader also hopes to see SB 1178, a companion bill authored by Sen. Jackie
Speier, D-Hillsborough, passed by the end of session. Both were widely
expected to pass, after unanimous votes in the Senate, though Perata’s new
stance against Jessica’s Law may complicate matters.
Republicans view the Alquist bill as complementary, not a replacement for
“I will oppose the initiative