A controversial bill that would decriminalize prostitution for minors squeezed out of the California Assembly on Thursday and is now headed back to the Senate for a final vote.
SB 1322, authored by Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), would make the crimes of solicitation and loitering with intent to commit prostitution misdemeanors inapplicable to children younger than 18. It also would allow law enforcement to take sexually exploited children into temporary custody if leaving them unattended would pose an immediate threat to their health or safety.
All of California's county jails would be required to provide visits from inmate family members under legislation approved on Monday by the state Senate.
Senate Bill 1157 would force a change in as many 11 counties that have either fully switched to video conferencing or are in the process of eliminating in-person visitation.
"Without this, it means we will have incarcerated people in our jails who are not able to bond with children or family members for years," said state Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), the bill's author.
A deal struck between California legislators and law enforcement to limit asset seizures of suspected criminals is finally headed to the governor.
The state Senate on Wednesday was poised to unanimously approve Senate Bill 443, a long-in-the-works measure from Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, that would require agencies to obtain convictions in order to keep property taken during criminal investigations under a process known as civil asset forfeiture. (It is currently on call with 37 yes votes, far more than the 21 it needs to pass.)
This is one of those issues where reform-minded Democrats and Republicans should find common cause — ending civil asset forfeiture abuses, also known as “policing for profit.” Civil asset forfeiture is what happens when authorities seize cash, homes, cars or other property because they see a link between the property and a crime. Police may see cash and think drug profits. Prosecutors might take a house used to grow marijuana.