Lawmakers move to override voters on ‘date rape’ drugs


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State lawmakers are asking Gov. Jerry Brown to overturn one portion of the voter-approved Proposition 47, which reduced penalties for some crimes.

They say voters went too far last year when they reduced penalties for possessing so-called “date rape” drugs from felonies to misdemeanors.

SB333 by Democratic Sen. Cathleen Galgiani of Stockton would boost the penalty back to a felony for possessing three date-rape drugs if the owner intends to commit a sex crime.

The sentence would still be served in a local jail instead of a state prison — unless the defendant has a conviction for a serious or violent felony or is a sex offender.

Assemblyman Tom Lackey, R-Palmdale, who represents portions of the Santa Clarita Valley, is a principal co-author of the measure.

He and Galgiani announced the bipartisan legislative effort earlier this year.

“We are not seeking to unravel Prop. 47, but instead want to give voters an opportunity to make its implementation work without needlessly endangering the public,” Lackey sa9d when the push was announced in February. “I hope the Legislature will act and ensure that the law treats date rape drugs — such as Rohypnol and GHB — as tools of sexual assault that deserve significant punishment.”

Senators unanimously approved Galgiani’s bill Thursday, sending it to the governor.

Source: http://www.signalscv.com/section/36/article/141900/


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