California Republican Assembly Member Joe Patterson called retired Democratic lawmakers for playing "partisan politics," aft Democrats changeable down a Republican measure which would summation nan penalties for activity crimes. Just a time later, they approved a Democrat measure to summation nan criminal penalties for theft and spot harm of high-value property.
"I’m much concerned astir protecting nan information of Californians, but it seems for illustration immoderate legislators are much willing successful partisan politics." Patterson, R-Granite Bay (Placer County) told Fox News Digital.
On March 15, California Democrats killed Assembly Bill 229 by Patterson to categorize home violence, quality trafficking and different activity crimes arsenic a convulsive crime successful nan state. Under existent California law, quality trafficking is defined arsenic a "non-serious" and a "non-violent" crime.
Assembly Bill 229, titled Violent Felonies, was changeable down by nan Democrat supermajority pinch six Democrats voting against Patterson's measure and nan 2 Republicans voting successful favor.
The California State Capitol building successful Sacramento, Calif., successful July 2021. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Assembly Public Safety Committee Chairperson Reggie Jones-Sawyer, a Democrat, did not respond to Fox News Digital's petition for comment.
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A time aft voting against Patterson’s bill, nan committee considered Assembly Bill 484 by Assembly Member Jesse Gabriel, D-Woodland Hills (Los Angeles County), to enforce condemnation enhancements connected group convicted of taking, damaging aliases destroying spot worthy much than $275,000.
Assembly Bill 484, titled Sentencing enhancements: Property Loss, received bipartisan support pinch 5 Democrats and 2 Republicans voting successful favour of Gabriel's bill.
"Doesn’t really make consciousness to maine why Capitol Democrats don’t consciousness for illustration home unit and quality trafficking should beryllium a violent crime, but damaging spot is worthy of harsher penalties." Patterson told Fox News Digital. "Their priorities are inconsistent astatine best."
Assembly personnel Reggie Jones-Sawyer of California's 59th Assembly District speaking during nan Los Angeles County Democratic Party predetermination nighttime drive-in watch statement astatine nan LA Zoo parking batch connected Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
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Some lawmakers agreed pinch Patterson.
"It feels for illustration a very slippery slope present erstwhile we’re talking astir enhancements," said Assembly Member Liz Ortega, D-Hayward, told nan San Francisco Chronicle. "We can’t opportunity yes to immoderate and nary to others."
On March 15, Democrat lawmakers precocious Assembly Bill 467 and Assembly Bill 304, which would make it easier for lawmakers to modify home unit restraining orders and supply resources of group who person convicted of home unit crimes.
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The advancement of nan 2 bills, Assembly Bill 467 and 304, furthered Republicans' arguments that Democrat lawmakers were being hypocritical regarding their corporate effort to termination Patterson's measure connected home unit and sex crimes.
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