Saying it was a “failed experiment which has only catered to criminals in our state,” newly seated state Assemblyman Juan Alanis, R-Modesto, introduced a bill on Monday to repeal Proposition 47.
As vice chairman of the Assembly Public Safety Committee, Alanis introduced AB 335 and announced his work on 11 other Public Safety proposals.
“Public Safety is clearly broken in California,” said Alanis. “Prop 47 is a failed experiment which has only catered to criminals in our state. Fentanyl plagues our communities, schools and society. We must attack our state’s crime problem at its source.”
AB 335 would repeal Proposition 47 in its entirety, with the exception of some cannabis-related language.
Proposition 47 was a voter-approved initiative on the November 2014 ballot that reduced from felonies to misdemeanors specified low-level drug and property crimes.
“Even if the majority decides to block this legislation, we must have an honest conversation about providing real public safety solutions for California,” added Alanis. “I stand ready to work with my colleagues in both houses and across the aisle to make our justice system more fair, our state more safe and our communities better protected against the scourge of fentanyl.”
In addition to AB 335, Alanis has introduced AB 243, called “Address Confidentiality for Child Abduction Victims”; and AB 255 “Priority Registration for Peace Officers.” He will also introduce legislation to help law enforcement better get a handle on street racing, and streamline POST training standards for law enforcement recruits in California.
Alanis is also co-authoring the following public safety legislation:
• AB 18 - Fentanyl Voluntary Manslaughter Advisory,
• AB 19 - Naloxone Hydrochloride for Opioids in schools.
He is also working to co-author at least seven more legislative proposals on public safety yet to be introduced.