Legislation introduced to seek repeal of Prop. 47

Widespread smash and grab robberies during the Holiday shopping reason have highlighted
retailer concerns with the voter-approved Prop, 47. |


A bill was introduced in the California Assembly today that will seek to roll back voter-approved Proposition 47. 

The legislation, Assembly Bill 1599, was introduced by Assemblymember Kevin Kiley (R - Rocklin). The bill has 11 co-sponsors, only one of which is Democratic.

“After years of failed policies and leadership, California is now experiencing an unprecedented surge in crime,” Kiley said. “When you pass laws to legalize bad behavior and have prosecutors who fail to hold people accountable, this is the end result. It is time to end the failed experiment of Prop. 47 and give voters the opportunity to restore consequences and accountability to our criminal justice system.”

In recent weeks widespread and large so-called smash and grab robberies at high-end retailers have put the focus on Prop 47, which among other things, raised the dollar threshold of felony shoplifting charges. Critics of Prop. 47 have blamed it for an increase in retail shoplifting.

Last month Gov. Gavin Newsom and California Attorney General Rob Bonta addressed concerns by committing additional law enforcement and prosecution funding.

Along with Kiley, Sacramento County District Attorney and Attorney General candidate Ann Marie Schuber has seized on this issue in her campaign against Bonta. Interestingly, Democratic Assemblymember Jim Cooper and the presumptive Sacramento County Sheriff candidate, long a critic of Prop. 47 and supporter of past efforts to roll back social justice reforms, did not add his name to the legislation.    

As noted in the bill, "This bill would provide that it would become effective only upon approval of the voters, and would provide for the submission of this measure to the voters for approval at the next statewide general election." The legislation is unlikely to be approved or even make out of committee given widespread support of Democratic super-majorities in the State Assembly and Senate."

 

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