Backlash builds on efforts to challenge Prop 47 reform measure

Elected officials from both political parties spoke out Wednesday against efforts by Democratic state leaders to try to challenge a ballot initiative to reform Proposition 47 in November. A decade ago, Proposition 47 eased penalties for drug and theft crimes. The initiative to restore penalties and prison terms for thieves and fentanyl traffickers has qualified for the November ballot. Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas and Sen. Pro Tempore Mike McGuire said this week they plan to add controversial amendments to a package of bills primarily dealing with organized retail theft , and which would repeal these proposed laws if voters approved the separate ballot initiative. State Sen. Marie Alvarado-Gil (D-Jackson) is the latest Democrat to say she doesn’t support the legislative tactic and announced she was withdrawing her name as a co-sponsor of two of the bills. “I oppose the amendments to these two bills, and have not been consulted on them before. Let me be clear: I support the Prop 47 reform initiative and believe voters have the right to vote on this issue, it’s not about politics, it’s about politics,” Alvarado-Gil said in a statement. The senator’s comments came a day after Rep. Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) said his Assembly Public Safety Committee did not think it was appropriate to move forward with the amendments during his hearing Tuesday and suggested it could happen in another committee. The division among Democrats comes as negotiations continue between state leaders and supporters of the Prop 47 reform measure. Two sources familiar with the situation told KCRA 3 that Gov. Gavin Newsom’s chief of staff, Dana Williamson, met Tuesday evening with lobbyists working on the initiative’s campaign. A spokesperson for Newsom’s office did not confirm the meeting, but noted that the office meets regularly with stakeholders, including those involved in public safety. Greg Totten, a spokesman for the Californians for Safer Communities campaign, said the group has always been willing to talk with Democratic leaders. “Legislative leaders and the governor’s office have said they don’t want to change Proposition 47, but the problem cannot be solved without changing Proposition 47,” Totten said. Meanwhile, the campaign held a news conference outside the attorney general’s office Wednesday morning, calling for proposals to stop playing politics with the initiative. They urged California Attorney General Rob Bonta to be fair with the title and summary, if he decided to rewrite it. “We are calling on our attorney general to do the right thing on the initiative, the title and the summary, by rising above politics,” said Mayor Bobbie Allen-Singh. Elk Grove. Bonta has publicly supported the public safety legislative package. His office said in a statement this week that it took the title and summary seriously but would not comment further. See more coverage of California’s top stories here | Download our app.

Elected officials from both political parties spoke out Wednesday against efforts by Democratic state leaders to try to challenge a ballot initiative to reform Proposition 47 in November.

A decade ago, Proposition 47 eased penalties for drug and theft crimes. The initiative to restore penalties and prison terms for thieves and fentanyl traffickers has qualified for the November ballot.

Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas and Sen. Pro Tempore Mike McGuire said this week they plan to add controversial amendments to a package of bills primarily dealing with organized retail theft , and which would repeal these proposed laws if voters approved the separate ballot initiative.

State Sen. Marie Alvarado-Gil (D-Jackson) is the latest Democrat to say she doesn’t support the legislative tactic and announced she was withdrawing her name as a co-sponsor of two of the bills.

“I oppose the amendments to these two bills, and have not been consulted on them before. Let me be clear: I support the Prop 47 reform initiative and believe voters have the right to vote on this issue, it’s not about politics, it’s about politics,” Alvarado-Gil said in a statement.

The senator’s comments came a day after Rep. Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) said his Assembly Public Safety Committee did not think it was appropriate to move forward with the amendments during his hearing Tuesday and suggested it could happen in another committee.

The division among Democrats comes as negotiations continue between state leaders and supporters of the Prop 47 reform measure. Two sources familiar with the situation told KCRA 3 that Gov. Gavin Newsom’s chief of staff, Dana Williamson, met Tuesday evening with lobbyists working on the initiative’s campaign. A spokesperson for Newsom’s office did not confirm the meeting, but noted that the office meets regularly with stakeholders, including those involved in public safety.

Greg Totten, a spokesman for the Californians for Safer Communities campaign, said the group has always been willing to talk with Democratic leaders.

“Legislative leaders and the governor’s office have said they don’t want to change Proposition 47, but the problem cannot be solved without changing Proposition 47,” Totten said.

Meanwhile, the campaign held a news conference outside the attorney general’s office Wednesday morning, calling for proposals to stop playing politics with the initiative. They urged California Attorney General Rob Bonta to be fair with the title and summary, if he decided to rewrite it.

“We are calling on our attorney general to do the right thing on the initiative, the title and the summary, by rising above politics,” said Mayor Bobbie Allen-Singh. Elk Grove.

Bonta has publicly supported the public safety legislative package. His office said in a statement this week that it took the title and summary seriously but would not comment further.

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