Add California to the list of states who are drafting meaningless legislation concerning MySpace and sex offenders.
The proposal calls for California to require registered sex offenders to report their e-mail addresses and Internet identities to the state, which would make them available to MySpace and other social networks to block participation.
“It is not a divine right that someone who is a registered sex offender should have access to a chat room of 15-year-olds,” said Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge.
Portantino and Republican Assemblywoman Shirley Horton of San Diego are pushing Assembly Bill 841 in conjunction with MySpace, a massive, virtual community that enables users to share profiles, photos and e-mail.
Opponents of the bill are claiming everything from free speech infringement to additional punishment for sex offenders who have already served their term. Forgive me for being a cold bastard but I don’t really care about the rights of sex offenders. SO’s have the highest recidivism rate among all criminals. However like I’ve said before this legislation is meaningless of the SO’s use fake e-mail addresses and still does nothing about SO’s that haven’t been caught yet.