California Democrats kill harsher penalties for sex crimes, favor stricter punishments for high-value theft

California Republican Rep. Joe Patterson accused Democrats of engaging in “partisan politics” after Democrats rejected a Republican bill that would raise penalties for sex crimes. approved a Democratic bill that raises criminal penalties for property theft and property damage.

“I’m more concerned about keeping Californians safe, but some lawmakers seem more concerned with partisan politics,” Patterson of R-Granite Bay (Placer County) told Fox News Digital. Told.

On March 15th, a California Democrat was murdered. Congress Bill 229 by Patterson to classify domestic violence, human trafficking, and other sex crimes as intrastate violent crimes. Current California law defines human trafficking as a “non-serious” and “non-violent” crime.

Congressional Bill 229, titled Violent Crime, was overruled by a majority of Democrats, with six Democrats voting against Patterson’s bill and two Republicans voting for it.

The California State Capitol in Sacramento, California, July 2021. (via David Paul Morris/Bloomberg, Getty Images)

Congressional Public Safety Commission chairman Reggie Jones Sawyer, a Democrat, did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

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A day after voting against Patterson’s bill, the committee Congress Bill 484 Imposing enhanced sentences on those convicted of acquiring, damaging, or destroying property valued at more than $275,000 by Rep. Jesse Gabriel of D-Woodland Hills (Los Angeles County).

Congressional Bill 484, entitled Strengthen Judgment: Loss of Property, received bipartisan support, with five Democrats and two Republicans voting in favor of Gabriel’s bill.

“I really don’t understand why Democrats in the Capitol don’t consider domestic violence and human trafficking to be violent crimes, but property damage deserves harsher penalties.” told News Digital. “Their priorities are inconsistent at best.”

Rep. Reggie Jones Sawyer of California's 59th Congressional District speaks at the Los Angeles County Democratic Election Night drive-in watch party in the parking lot of the LA Zoo on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

Rep. Reggie Jones Sawyer of California’s 59th Congressional District speaks at the Los Angeles County Democratic Election Night drive-in watch party in the parking lot of the LA Zoo on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. (Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

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Several lawmakers agreed with Patterson.

“When you talk about enhancements, it feels like a very slippery slope here,” Congressman Liz Ortega, D-Hayward, told the San Francisco Chronicle. I can’t say no to anyone else.”

On March 15, Democrats stepped forward. Congress Bill 467 and Congress Bill 304This will make it easier for legislators to amend domestic violence restraining orders and provide resources for those convicted of domestic violence crimes.


With the development of two bills, Congressional Bills 467 and 304, the Republican allegation was that Democrats were hypocritical in their collective efforts to block Paterson’s domestic violence and sex offenses bill.

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