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Assemblyman Salas introduces new bill to repeal portions of Prop. 47


Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, spoke at a celebration of $15 million in funding secured for the Dolores Huerta Peace and Justice Cultural Center in downtown Bakersfield.

Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, introduced a bill at the beginning of the Legislature’s new term this week to amend Proposition 47, a referendum repeatedly cited by law enforcement as a source of the state’s high crime rates.

Proposition 47, voted into law by 59.6 percent of voters in 2014, allowed for myriad changes to sentencing requirements. The referendum reclassified grand theft, shoplifting, petty theft and check forgeries as misdemeanors, if the offense resulted in the theft of less than $950.

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