A local legislator will have to return to Sacramento on Monday to
attend a special Assembly session to hash out an amendment extending
Assemblyman Dario Frommer (D-Burbank) is not happy about returning
to the state capitol, and blamed Republicans for holding up a bill
that should have been passed before the end of session earlier this
“I’m extremely frustrated and outraged that we could not get
bipartisan support from the Republicans to pass this bill,” Frommer
said recently. “Now, we are going to go have to go back and set this
The bill extends Megan’s Law, which allows the public to view the
state’s registry of convicted child molesters and sex offenders.
It was voted down in the Assembly on Sept. 12, with Republicans
abstaining from a vote. Frommer has written a letter to Assembly
Republican Leader Dave Cox, expressing his frustration about
Republican opposition to the bill.
Gov. Gray Davis has asked the Senate and Assembly to return to
Sacramento to approve the bill, which was introduced by Assemblywoman
Nicole Parra (D-Bakersfield) and would extend Megan’s Law until 2007.
The Senate will not reconvene.
The current bill expires Jan. 1, and the state will lose $5
million in federal crime-fighting funding if it is not extended.
Legislators are paid $125 per diem for heading back. Plus, the
public would pick up the tab for staff hours and the drawing up of
legislative documents, he said.
“Taxpayers will have to pay for the cost of this failure of
leadership,” Frommer wrote in the letter. “That is irresponsible and
the worst form of partisan politics.”