"Kate's Law" Resolution Introduced by Senator Morrell Stalled by Democrats in Senate Public Safety Committee

Monday, August 24, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) has been informed by the Democrat chair of the State Senate Committee on Public Safety that a hearing will not be held to hear Senate Joint Resolution 17 before the legislature adjourns in September. The measure would encourage Congress to pass “Kate’s Law.” It was introduced in response to the tragic killing of Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco, allegedly by a seven-time convicted felon who had previously been deported five times. The move is a potential first step in shelving the issue indefinitely.

“One of the primary responsibilities of every elected official is the public safety and protecting the citizens they represent. We swear an oath to uphold our laws and the Constitution. But by hiding behind legislative procedures, I believe Democrats are conveniently trying to avoid a debate on the dangers posed by sanctuary city policies – policies that have resulted in tragedies like the death of Kathryn Steinle. It sends a signal that they would rather put these cities and the criminals they release above the security of our families,” said Morrell.

If passed, SJR 17 would urge Congress to pass legislation creating a mandatory sentence of five years in federal prison for an individual who has returned to the United States after having been deported and previously convicted of a felony in the United States. Such a proposal has been discussed as “Kate’s Law” nationwide in response to the recent tragedy.

Kathryn Steinle was killed on July 1 while visiting San Francisco with her family. The alleged gunman is a seven-time convicted felon and has been deported five times. He was turned over to San Francisco authorities in March for drug offenses. Rather than comply with a request by federal authorities to be notified of his release, San Francisco officials, in keeping with the city’s misguided sanctuary law, ignored it, placing the lives of citizens in harm’s way. 

The legislature is scheduled to conclude its business for the year on September 11.