AB 46 aims to close Prop 47 date rape drug loophole

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 1:30pm
Assembly Member Tom Lackey Assembly Member Tom Lackey

 

Assembly Bill 46, authored by Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale), cleared the Assembly Public Safety Committee on a strong bipartisan vote Tuesday morning. The bill addresses a problem created by the passage of Proposition 47 last November which significantly reduced the penalty for being in possession of Rohypnol, GHB and ketamine—three drugs commonly known as “date rape drugs.” Law enforcement and sexual assault victim advocacy groups had expressed serious concern over how Proposition 47 will affect sexual assault prosecutions. Read more about AB 46 here. Crime Victims United of California is in full support of AB 46 and is eager to see the bill pass into law. "Anything used to commit the heinous crime of rape should be taken incredibly seriously," said CVUC chair Harriet Salarno. "I am pleased to see that Lackey has attacked one of the flaws of Proposition 47 head on." AB 46 will continue on to be reviewed by the Assembly Appropriations Committee.