Liberal California is at it again, blaming “racism” as a means to justify a terrible law. The new law is aimed at decriminalizing loitering with the intent to work as a prostitute. Bill supporters say the new law is necessary because the current law targets minorities.
Biz Pac Review reports “proponents say that minorities and transgender people are disproportionately targeted for enforcement of current loitering laws because of how they are dressed.”
Those who oppose the new law worry that it drastically hinders the ability for law enforcement to intervene and help sex trafficking victims. The bill eventually passed the California Assembly after a fierce debate with a 41-26 win, with moderate Democrats siding with Republicans against the bill.
The bill also allows convictions to be overturned for those who have a prior conviction for loitering with intent to work as a prostitute, and their records for the case sealed. Democrat Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan supports the bill because the current law was allegedly “criminalizing the victims and leaving them with criminal records that create further barriers to seeking employment, housing and relief.”
A spokeswoman for the bill’s author, State Senator Scott Wiener, told the Sacramento Bee:
“Holding the bill at the Senate desk is simply a temporary delay. It provides the senator and our coalition more time to make the case about why this civil rights bill is good policy that should be signed into law and why this discriminatory loitering crime goes against California values and needs to be repealed.”
“[arresting people who] look like sex workers is discriminatory and wrong, and it endangers sex workers and trans people of color. Anti-LGTBQ and racist loitering laws need to go. Sex workers, LGBTQ people, and people of color deserve to be safe on our streets.”
“For me, when the unintended consequence is making it more difficult to protect victims of child trafficking, even if it’s just a possibility, that’s not something I can support,” said Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris, a Democrat who does not support the bill.
The bill now awaits the California Senate, before being sent to the governor’s office in January. Depending on who wins the election attempting to recall current Governor Gavin Newsom, could determine the ultimate success or failure of the bill.
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