SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblyman Kevin Kiley (R-Rocklin) released the following statement after a party line vote against AB 1599 (Kiley/Gallagher/Patterson) in the Assembly Public Safety Committee, legislation that would have given voters the chance to reassess Proposition 47:
“Today the Assembly Public Safety Committee had a chance to support real change by giving voters the opportunity to overturn Prop. 47 and restore accountability. Instead of standing with victims, they voted to keep the failing status quo in place.
“Californians from across the political spectrum support fixing Prop. 47 by a 2-1 margin. In his State of the State Address tonight, Governor Newsom needs to do the right thing and be honest about this failed experiment. The people of California deserve communities that are safe: safe to live in, safe to shop in, safe for their kids to grow up in.”
Just prior to the hearing the bill’s lead authors – Assemblymembers Kevin Kiley, James Gallagher, and Jim Patterson – held a press conference with legislators, victims’ advocates, law enforcement, and small business leaders on the steps of the State Capitol calling for the repeal of Prop. 47. Speakers included Crime Victims United President Nina Salarno Besselman, San Bernardino County Sheriff Shannon Dicus, Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco, El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson, Placer County District Attorney Morgan Gire, and Roseville Chamber of Commerce CEO Rana Ghadban.
Assemblyman Kevin Kiley represents the 6th Assembly District, which includes the Sacramento, Placer, and El Dorado County communities of Cameron Park, El Dorado Hills, Fair Oaks, Folsom, Granite Bay, Lincoln, Loomis, Orangevale, Penryn, Rocklin, Roseville, and Sheridan.