Photo courtesy Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel).
Photo courtesy Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel).

Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, will pitch three anti-crime bills at a Senate Public Safety Committee hearing Tuesday at the state capitol in Sacramento.

Bates is attempting to expand the definition of “violent felonies” to include multiple crimes, including vehicular manslaughter, human trafficking of a minor, and assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer of firefighter.

Another of Bates’ bills would clarify that a felony driving under the influence conviction — even if it is reduced later to a misdemeanor — can be used as a prior felony offense when a driver is caught again.

Bates’ third anti-crime bill would make it a felony for a convicted sex offender to purposefully remove or disable a global positioning system tracking device.

—City News Service

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