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Senators in the California Senate, Sacramento

From Left to Right: John M.W. Moorlach, Tony Mendoza, Isadore Hall III, Connie Leyva, Senator Mike Morrell, Supervisor James Ramos, Jean Fuller, Tom Berryhill, Bob Huff, Jeff Stone, Andy Vidak, Kevin de Leon and Marty Block

Ramos encourages, “… voice our concerns to our state representatives.”

  

In early April 2015, Supervisor James Ramos went to Sacramento to advocate for control of child safety zones and increased court funding.

On behalf of Senator Connie Leyva’s proposed legislation, SB 267 Keep Our Kids Safe Act of 2015, the Supervisor advocated for the Bill, which was amended April 6, 2015 and states that local agencies are not preempted by state law from enacting ordinances that restrict registered sex offenders who have committed crimes against children from being present around child safety zones including schools, parks, day care centers, or other locations where children regularly gather. The legislation was drafted as a response to the recent court ruling stating that local jurisdictions are preempted by state law from enacting further restrictions on known sex offenders.

The Supervisor was also in Sacramento to advocate for increased court funding. The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, of which Supervisor Ramos is chairman, had previously discussed the issues of inadequate funding and closures of courts in San Bernardino County. The Board then adopted a resolution in support for efforts to work with the State Legislature, cities, and other stakeholders to secure equitable funding that is consistent with San Bernardino County Court’s workload, in order to ensure that residents continue to have unobstructed access to justice.

“In recent years, San Bernardino County has gained a lot of momentum,” Chairman Ramos stated. “It is important that we keep that momentum going by continuing to voice our concerns to our state representatives.”