SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblymember Kelly Seyarto (R-Murrieta) has introduced his 2022 Public Safety Bill Package. “We have a long way to go to improve public safety in California, but I am proud to introduce these bills to start some important conversations and make a difference where we can,” said Seyarto.
AB 1665 would make the crime of human trafficking of a child a violent felony and count towards California's Three Strikes law.
Human trafficking is one of the world's fastest-growing criminal enterprises. The National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline receives more reports on human trafficking victims from California than any other state. Nonprofit groups estimate there has been a 185% increase in human trafficking cases, and the FBI has reported a sharp rise in cases targeting children.
“In light of these disturbing trends, it is evident California must do more to deter human trafficking,” said Seyarto. “Traffickers are targeting our most vulnerable population, our children, for forced labor and sexual exploitation. This despicable crime should be met with the strongest punishment possible.”
AB 1673 establishes the California Fentanyl Abuse Task Force to collect data and mobilize state and local resources to evaluate the best practices for combatting fentanyl abuse across California. In 2020 alone, California experienced close to 4,000 deaths related to fentanyl overdose, and in 2021, fentanyl overdose became recognized as the leading cause of death of Americans aged 18 to 45.
“Californians are falling victim to drug dealers who prey on the potency and availability of illicit fentanyl,” said Seyarto. “We need to work together to pass legislation not only to hold drug dealers accountable and increase criminal penalties but to give local agencies the tools they need to keep our communities safe. This task force will assemble data, individuals, and identify the resources necessary to respond and bring this new form of opioid epidemic under control.”
Having served as a California firefighter for 35 years retiring at the rank of Battalion Chief, Assemblymember Seyarto introduced ACR 122, which proclaims September 2022, as California Firefighter Appreciation Month and recognizes California Firefighters Memorial Day.
Seyarto has also introduced ACR 123, which recognizes April 24th to April 30th, 2022, as Crime Victims' Rights Week in California to underscore the importance of helping crime survivors find justice by enforcing victims' rights and expanding access to services.