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March 02, 2024

      Crime in CA continues to grow.  California's top Republican in the state Assembly said residents and elected officials up and down the state are frustrated with increased levels of crime and Democratic-led policies critics say enable criminals to continuously offend without fear of repercussions.

     Speaking with Fox News Digital, Assembly Minority Leader James Gallagher accused California's Democratic-majority state Legislature of failing to provide law and order by introducing policies that ignore victims. He cited the introduction of Senate Bill 94, which would allow those serving sentences of life without the possibility of parole to petition for re-sentencing, with some provisions. 

     He also noted a bill, SB 14, that would increase penalties for child traffickers and would add the crime to the list of serious felonies in California had bipartisan support in the state Senate before moving to the Assembly, where the Democratic-led Assembly Public Safety Committee chose not to advance the legislation because they opposed longer prison sentences and argued it isn't a deterrent to crime.

     "They're misplaced and totally tone-deaf with what's going on here in California," Gallagher said of the proposed policies.  An amended version of the bill passed the committee Friday following a public uproar that prompted Gov. Gavin Newsom to weigh in. SB 94 also advanced the Assembly Appropriations Committee as well.  "California Democrats continue to send a crystal-clear message to all Californians: they would rather protect violent murderers than focus their efforts on true public safety and protecting victims," said Jessica Millan Patterson, chairwoman of the California Republican Party. 

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