SAN DIEGO — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Assembly Bill 1844, known as Chelsea’s Law, on Sept. 9 in Balboa Park, cbs8.com reports.
The bill is named for Poway High School senior Chelsea King, who was raped and murdered by registered sex offender John Gardener in February.
“Because of Chelsea, everyone has joined together to solve this serious problem in our state,” Schwarzenegger said. “Because of Chelsea, California’s children will be safer. Because of Chelsea, this never has to happen again.”
The legislation creates a “true one-strike life without the possibility of parole charge” for violent sex offenders who prey on children, said Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, R-San Diego, who authored the bill.