SACRAMENTO - North State Assemblyman and Chief Republican Whip Dan Logue vigorously opposed a bill on the Assembly Floor today that would dismantle the Three Strikes law. Assembly Bill 327 by Assemblyman Mike Davis (D-Los Angeles) passed the full Assembly with the bare minimum of 41 votes, with all Republicans and several Democrats voting against it.
"It is beyond reason why anyone would vote to undo Three Strikes," said Logue. "Liberals in Sacramento are seriously out of touch with the vast majority of California voters who support Three Strikes."
AB 327 would change the scope of Three Strikes by requiring that for the third strike to apply, the crime must be a 'serious' or 'violent' felony. This would allow criminals with prior serious and violent convictions to be exempt from Three Strikes if their potential third strike is a felony such as: felony child abuse, street gang recruiting, grand theft, human trafficking, elderly financial abuse, and vehicular manslaughter while driving under the influence. These provisions would also be retroactive, allowing current inmates locked up on a third strike conviction to petition the court for resentencing if their last crime was not serious or violent. In order to be enacted, the bill would need approval by the voters on the November 2014 general election.
"With realignment already making our communities more dangerous, now is not the time to tamper with a public safety law that works," Logue continued. "I hope that our state senators agree with me and kill this bill."
AB 327 will be heard in the Senate Public Safety Committee in the coming months.
Assemblyman Logue represents the 3rd Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes the communities of Butte, Lassen, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sierra and Yuba.