But N.C. officials are uncertain when the legislation will be adopted in the state.
The California bill, effective in 2002, is a follow-up to a federal law passed last October requiring all states to provide public universities in their state with information on sex offenders living in the area by 2003. A failure to pass such a law will mean a 10 percent loss in federal criminal state funding for those states.
Daniel Carter, senior vice president of Security On Campus Inc., a national nonprofit group dedicated to promoting federal and state legislation on reporting crimes, said California's passage of this bill is very significant.
"It is the first comprehensive law enacted," Carter said. "(The) intent is to give campus police officers an investigative tool that other police officers already have."
The U.S. Congress passed Megan's Law in 1994, which requires sex offenders to register with local police, although many states -- including California --already had versions of the law in existence. The new law extends the regulation to college campuses.
Beginning in October, campus police in California will have the right to make information about offenders available to the public through flyers and other outlets.
Carter said officials will only reveal information about the most serious offenders.
The greatest opposition to the bill comes from the American Civil Liberties Union. Both the Washington, D.C., and California offices of the ACLU could not be reached for comment.
Deborah Ross, executive director of the North Carolina division of the ACLU, said she is unaware when the N.C. General Assembly will take up the issue. "I haven't seen this bill introduced in North Carolina legislature this year," she said.