California Democrat lawmaker, Rudy Salas, turned on his own party when he proposed reversing the state’s Proposition 47 due to an increase in crime.
Background: In 2014, California voted to make changes to the state’s Proposition 47. The rule reduced shoplifting charges for the amount of $950 and less, turning the charge from a felony to a misdemeanor.
For months, the Golden State has seen a massive spike in shoplifting and smash-and-grab robberies. The spike has been drastic enough to drive many businesses to close their brick-and-mortar stores.
What Happened: Salas introduced a bill that would revert Prop 47 to its original form. If passed, crimes over $400 would be charged as a felony.
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