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Ventura GOP Statement on Assembly Dems Refusal to Take Floor Vote on Child Trafficking Bill

July 13, 2023

It’s time for Ventura County to fire these do-nothing legislators.

Thousand Oaks, Calif.  – This morning, Assembly Democrats refused to allow Senate Bill 14 to be voted on. It’s the second time in three days that Assembly Democrats have stalled the bill which would increase penalties for child sex trafficking.

On Tuesday, the Assembly Public Safety Committee voted 2-6 on a party line vote, shooting the bill down.

“Again, the Democratic majority in Sacramento is refusing to protect our kids,” Ventura County Republican Party Chairman John Andersen said.

“This is another example of how out of touch our Democrat legislators are,” Andersen said. “Even Governor Gavin Newsom supports this bill.”

“Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin and Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel couldn’t even be bothered to do the job we pay them to do as neither of them voted on the motion to bring the bill to the Assembly floor for a vote,” Andersen continued. “Meanwhile, Assemblyman Steve Bennett voted to delay this important bill longer by sending the bill to be re-heard by the same committee who shot it down two days ago. That’s not acceptable.”

“This is the latest in a string of bills meant to keep our kids safe that Irwin, Bennett and Gabriel have refused to support,” Andersen added. “It’s time for Ventura County to fire these do-nothing legislators.”

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