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California Senators Reject Bill to Make Purchasing Children for Sex a Felony

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Democrats are a threat to humanity.

Democrats rejected Bill authored by Sen. Shannon Grove to make the buying of children for sex a prison felony, and hijacked her bill forcing hostile amendments by denying Grove’s efforts to protect 16 and 17-year-old children from being purchased as part of commercial sex trafficking.

Under the amended bill now solicitation of 16 and 17 year-olds will remain a misdemeanor, punishable by as little as 2 days in jail or up to a $10,000 fine.

Grove’s bill would make solicitation, attempting to engage or engaging in sex with a minor for money a felony with a prison sentence ranging from 2 to 4 years, a fine not exceeding $25,000, and registration as a sex offender. The bill would punish all those who solicit from a child, regardless of whether or not the person knew or reasonably should have known that the person solicited was a minor.

Bill to make purchasing children for sex a felony in California …..

By Jonathan Ayestas and Ashley Zavala,
KSBW Monterey-Salinas, April 2024:
A key California Senate committee on Tuesday moved forward with a proposal to make purchasing a child for sex a felony in the state, but it was not necessarily a smooth process for the bill’s author.

Because of that, it raises new questions about the future of the proposal.

Democratic committee members forced Republican author State Sen. Shannon Grove to make changes to Senate Bill 1414 to only allow the felony classification for the purchase of minors under the age of 16. The Senate Public Safety Committee passed the bill 4-0 on the condition of those changes.

SB 1414 would classify the crime as a felony, carrying a maximum penalty of up to four years in prison and a $25,000 fine. Currently, purchasing or soliciting a child for sex is a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of up to a year in jail, or a minimum of two days in jail, along with a $10,000 fine.

Democrats on the dais, against Grove’s will, held a vote on the changes before voting to move the amended proposal forward. The vote was moved by State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley. Skinner, Sen. Scott Wiener and committee chairwoman Aisha Wahab voted to move forward with the amendments as Grove watched in disbelief.

Her voice shaking, Grove said she is on the record declining those amendments.

To force these amendments on me in front of survivors, to water this down to avoid 16 and 17-year-olds,” Grove said.

Grove originally said she would not accept the amendment to apply to only children ages 15 and under. She also originally said she would only accept two amendments: removing strict liability language that was in the proposal and removing the requirement for sex registration for first-time offenders.

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Article posted with permission from Pamela Geller

The Washington Standard

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