GLAA thanks Graham for leadership on sex offender bill
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GLAA thanks Graham for leadership on sex offender bill

Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance of Washington
P. O. Box 75265
Washington, D.C. 20013-5265

December 30, 1999

The Honorable Jim Graham
Council of the District of Columbia
441 4th Street, N.W., Suite 718
Washington, D.C. 20001

Dear Jim:

Before I step down as President of GLAA on January 1, I wanted to write you to express my profound gratitude for the determined leadership you provided in the struggle over the Sexual Offenders Registration Act., a.k.a. Meganís Law.

This was undoubtedly one of the most complex and taxing legislative battles I have ever been confronted with during my career as a gay activist. While we did not secure all the reforms we wanted, I think we succeeded in deflecting the most direct threats this measure originally posed to the gay residents of our area. We could scarcely have won those victories without your determination and commitment.

Despite these victories, Iím sure you appreciate the potential for abuses still embedded in the legislation as enacted. Accordingly, we shall all have to monitor the implementation of Meganís Law in the months and years ahead, and Iím sure you and your staff will play a major oversight role. At some point, remedial legislation may well be in order. I would expect that GLAA will actively assist in any such efforts.

Again, please accept my sincere thanks for all you have done for our community. Best wishes for the new year.


Craig Howell

cc: Steve Block, ACLU/National Capital Area
Jeffrey Berman, Public Defender Service

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