(Yucca Valley) – Assemblyman Paul Cook (R-65) announced on Wednesday that he introduced Assembly Bill 1695. It will require California’s most dangerous convicted sex offenders to carry state-issued identification cards, such as a California Driver’s License.
Sex offenders will be required to carry the identification any time they are in a public place. They will risk being charged with a misdemeanor if they fail to do so.
The law will apply to any convicted sex offenders who has committed a sexually violent crime or victimized a child under the age of 14.
According to the press release, “Cook decided to author the bill after hearing from law enforcement officials about the difficulties and potential problems associated with failing to identify a registered sex offender in a timely manner. Oftentimes, if a suspicious person is detained and is not carrying identification, officers waste time and resources verifying the person’s identity.
“Additionally, in a situation where an abduction has occurred, quickly identifying a child predator will give law enforcement an advantage in returning a child to his or her guardians and preserving evidence needed for a conviction.”
Assemblyman Cook stated, “Requiring the most dangerous sex offenders to carry a form of identification is the most effective way for law enforcement to determine a suspect’s registration status. Most registered sex offenders will reoffend, which means we have to take a proactive approach when dealing with the worst of the worst.”
Assembly District 65 covers the eastern portion of San Bernardino County and northwestern portion of Riverside County including the cities of Twenty-nine Palms, Yucca Valley, Banning and Beaumont. Cook is serving his final year in the California State Assembly due to term limits.
Cook has declared his candidacy for the 8th Congressional District. He is one of seven who has declared so far.
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