Talking Points on Megan's Law Bill 11/28/99
PDF version of the above document 01/05/99
GLAA Action Alert on Megan's LawSunday, November 28, 1999
On Tuesday, December 7, the D.C. Council will consider the "Sex Offender Registration Act of 1999," Bill 13-350, sponsored by Councilmember Harold Brazil, chairman of the Council Judiciary Committee. (Such bills are colloquially known around the country as "Megan's Law.")
This legislation has several serious defects that need to be remedied. Councilmembers Jim Graham and Jack Evans will be offering amendments to fix these problems. GLAA, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Public Defender Service are lobbying the other Councilmembers in the next week on behalf of these reforms. We can use your active support in our efforts.
Attached [see Related Links box] is a summary of the talking points about our proposed amendments. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with the issues and then contact your own Councilmembers by letter, phone, or e-mail. Information on contacting the Council is also attached [see below]. If you get any feedback from the Councilmembers or their staffs as a result of your own efforts, please keep us informed; our email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a battle we should not have to be waging in a supposedly pro-gay city. Nevertheless, much damage could be done to our community if Bill 13-350 is passed in its present form, and we must do what we can to avert future problems.
Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance
Council of the District of Columbia
441 4th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
The following councilmembers need to be contacted:
...and you can thank the following councilmembers for their leadership on this issue: