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California Republican Assembly Member Calls Out Democrat Lawmakers for Playing “Partisan Politics”

Joe Patterson (R-Granite) calls out Democrat Lawmakers for hypocrisy and playing partisan politics.
Joe Patterson (R-Granite) calls out Democrat Lawmakers for hypocrisy and playing partisan politics. (Photo: Twitter | @Patterdude)

Joe Patterson, a California Republican Assembly Member, told Fox News Digital, “I’m more concerned about protecting the safety of Californians, but it seems like some legislators are more interested in partisan politics.”

The statement comes after Democrats rejected a Republican bill increasing sex crime penalties. But, a day later, a Democrat bill would raise the criminal penalties for theft and property damage of high-value property.

Patterson (R-Granite Bay) proposed Assembly Bill 229, or Violent Felonies, which would classify domestic violence, human trafficking, and other sex crimes as violent crimes. Under the current law, human trafficking belongs to a “non-serious” and a “non-violent” crime.

However, the bill was shot down on March 15 by a Democrat supermajority, with six Democrats voting against the bill and two Republicans voting in favor.

Meanwhile, a day after voting against Patterson’s bill, the committee considered the bill by Assembly Member Jesse Gabriel (D-Woodland Hills). Gabriel proposed Assembly Bill 484, or Property Loss, imposing sentence enhancements on people convicted of theft, damaging, or destroying property worth more than $275,000. The bill obtained bipartisan support, with five Democrats and two Republicans voting in favor.

California Democrats kill harsher penalties for domestic violence and sex crimes in favour of stricter punishments for high-value theft.

California Democrats kill harsher penalties for domestic violence and sex crimes in favour of stricter punishments for high-value theft. (Photo: Yahoo! News)

Patterson questioned the consistency of the Decmocrat’s priority, as it does not make sense why they consider damaging property to have harsher penalties than domestic violence and human trafficking. Other lawmakers, such as Assembly Member Liz Ortega (D-Hayward), agreed with Patterson.

On the other hand, Democrat lawmakers advanced Assembly Bills 304 and 467, making it easier for lawmakers to modify domestic violence restraining orders and provide resources for those convicted of domestic violence. The advancement of the two bills furthered Republicans’ arguments that Democrat lawmakers are hypocritical regarding their collective effort to kill Patterson’s bill on domestic violence, human trafficking, and sex crimes.

 

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