Home » Democrat Senators Push Back Against Bill To Make Soliciting A Minor For Sex, Agreeing To Engage Or Engaging In Any Form Of Commercial Sex With A Child A Felony Offense (It’s Currently A Misdemeanor)

Democrat Senators Push Back Against Bill To Make Soliciting A Minor For Sex, Agreeing To Engage Or Engaging In Any Form Of Commercial Sex With A Child A Felony Offense (It’s Currently A Misdemeanor)


A California bill that pushes for harsher penalties against people who buy sex from children moved forward Tuesday, but not without a fight between members of the public safety committee and the bill’s author Republican Senator Shannon Grove, according to a report from CBS News.

The original bill, authored by Grove, would make soliciting a minor for sex, agreeing to engage or engaging in any form of commercial sex with a child a felony offense with a sex offender registry required on repeat offenses, CBS News reported.

However, Democrats on the public safety committee amended the bill to exempt 16- and 17-year-olds from the penalties and reduce the punishment from two years in prison to up to a year in county jail, according to the report.


Here’s what Senator Grove had to say about the changes:

What I proposed in Senate Public Safety with SB 1414:
• Make the solicitation, or purchase of children for sex a felony with prison time.
• Up to $25,000 fine.
• Sex offender registry for repeat offenders.
What three members of the Senate Public Safety Committee did with their forced amendments.
• Make the solicitation or purchase of children for sex punishable by a wobbler, which can still be charged as a misdemeanor, punishable by as little as 2 days in jail OR up to a $10,000 fine.
• Can be charged as a felony ONLY if the child being purchased is 15 years old or younger, but still the buyer is ineligible for prison (jail time only)
. This excludes 16 and 17 yr olds from additional protections (still a misdemeanor) to purchase them for sex.
• If a buyer has a previous conviction of purchasing a child under 16 years old and is convicted on a second offense of buying child under 16 years old AND …. the victim and buyer are more than 10 years apart in age, the buyer would register as a tier one sex offender for (10-years).
I don’t understand why protecting children in this state from sexual predators is so incredibly difficult.
Please keep in mind you have to be 18 years old to buy a lottery ticket.


Exit 12A April 18, 2024 - 6:35 PM - 6:35 PM

What the eff is wrong with these people?
Dems claim to want to protect children but oppose this bill?

Savagette April 18, 2024 - 8:17 PM - 8:17 PM

The dems (listed below) that pushed amendments to the bill that only make it a felony if the child is aged 15-younger. I wish someone would put that on a billboard. What kind of scum out there thinks a sicko that solicits sex from a 16 or 17 year old should be charged with a misdemeanor instead of a felony? Look no further than sunny California!!

Names of the Scum Dems:

State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley
Sen. Scott Wiener
Committee Chairwoman Aisha Wahab

Badge1104 April 19, 2024 - 7:49 AM - 7:49 AM

Yes.. that’s just a little bit of virtue signaling by the democrats to kind of cover up all the other undermining of society that they are doing.

Ape April 19, 2024 - 9:32 AM - 9:32 AM

Oh surprise surprise, Scott Wiener opposes this. What a shock. (ha)

Happy Squash April 19, 2024 - 10:20 AM - 10:20 AM

Scott Weiner’s opposition comes as no surprise whatsoever. He is responsible for the law allowing men, many of them violent sex offenders, to be housed in women’s prisons. He is also responsible for the law that says police cannot stop or cite someone for loitering, which has led to explosions of open prostitution in many California cities (notably San Diego) and child trafficking. He seems to despise women and children, and sadly, is very effective.

DOH April 20, 2024 - 6:21 PM - 6:21 PM

Have they offered any king of rationales to defend this absurd position?

DOH April 20, 2024 - 6:44 PM - 6:44 PM

There is some spinning going on here. From the /b Sacramento Bee /eb , Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley “The problem with how it’s constructed now is it is not designed solely and only to get those persons who are being sex trafficked,” Skinner said. “Additionally, it goes after individuals who have not … actually engaged in in any way.” Other lawmakers agreed, saying Grove’s version of the bill was too broad. “This bill will send people to state prison, put people in the sex offender registry — which is basically, effectively, in many ways, the end of their life for people — whether or not they’re engaged in human trafficking,” said Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco.

Read more at:

“Opponents of Grove’s bill said it was too broad and could sweep in teenagers having sex with other teenagers who exchange gifts or take actions that could be construed as soliciting. They also said the law could be used to target the LGBTQ community.”

EFFCA April 22, 2024 - 11:47 AM - 11:47 AM

The only thing that Dems want to protect kids from is critical thinking, common sense and reality.

1791 April 18, 2024 - 6:36 PM - 6:36 PM

And still there are people in this state that vote for our destruction. California sucks.

Anon April 19, 2024 - 8:36 PM - 8:36 PM

We need a statue in honor of Gary Plauche’
There needs to be more Gary Plauches in this world.

Specksynder April 18, 2024 - 6:58 PM - 6:58 PM

Just sick. This is how you injure a person for life, by allowing perverts to prey. For love of country may we all agree on this.

MikeT April 18, 2024 - 7:36 PM - 7:36 PM

Can we get the names of these three members who are fighting this?

tashaj April 18, 2024 - 8:08 PM - 8:08 PM

I don’t know which 3 Dems voted against the bill, but here is the list of members:
Senator Aisha Wahab (Chair)
Senator Kelly Seyarto, (Vice Chair)
Senator Steven Bradford
Senator Nancy Skinner
Senator Scott D. Wiener

Seyarto is Republican, the rest are Dems. All of them are nutjobs and could vote against this bill, but I’m fairly certain that Wiener is one of them. My bet is on Wahab, Skinner and Wiener.

John April 19, 2024 - 8:14 AM - 8:14 AM

This is right up Weiner’s alley

The Professor April 19, 2024 - 10:20 AM - 10:20 AM

You never want to be sitting in a bar and have Weiner ask if he could push your stool in a bit.

domo April 19, 2024 - 9:40 AM - 9:40 AM

… wonder how Scot Weiner of SF voted?

MikeyV April 19, 2024 - 10:52 AM - 10:52 AM

Dude is demented. Literally.

yoyohop April 18, 2024 - 7:43 PM - 7:43 PM

Might the “love is love” slogan be an attempt to normalize and decriminalize such activities?

domo April 18, 2024 - 7:44 PM - 7:44 PM

This is what the Dems voted for…. are you happy now? Unbelievable …

Concernicus April 18, 2024 - 8:01 PM - 8:01 PM

Anyone who would prey on a child deserves nothing short of removal from society.

bdml April 19, 2024 - 6:53 AM - 6:53 AM

Definitely don’t stop there, it is a monstrous crime that has lifelong trauma. These monsters shouldn’t exist

Abe April 18, 2024 - 8:15 PM - 8:15 PM

We are no longer a civilized society when adults are allowed to have sex with children.

Dr. Jellyfinger April 18, 2024 - 8:29 PM - 8:29 PM

The Pro Pervert Left….. maybe they have relatives to protect?

whenwilltheylearn April 18, 2024 - 9:27 PM - 9:27 PM

Wiener needs to be sentenced to life in front of a firing squad..where are all the 3 letter leftist on this sight defending their people????,,sound o crickets…all Trump haters and Biden supporters approve of child sex trafficking of course…

ON DA April 18, 2024 - 10:03 PM - 10:03 PM

So, if the queer doh is less than 10 years apart in age from the intended prey then it’s not a problem? That is not only a perverse bias, but an abomination also committed against children and family sanctity, it is basically condoning immorality. It victimizes all of us as a society. Human trafficking is WRONG.

Undisputed truth April 18, 2024 - 10:13 PM - 10:13 PM

In this case, the enablers are worst than the actual criminals. These people have no moral compass.

MAGA SAM April 18, 2024 - 10:20 PM - 10:20 PM

Told you. Democrats are sick and anyone supporting them are sick. This is the line

Original G April 19, 2024 - 1:19 AM - 1:19 AM

Thank You Mr. Mayor for posting this.
Ya see ? ? ?
This is what happens when YOU don’t provide adult supervision to DEM politicians.
Well now, . . . are you mad enough to send an email or
call their office and politely tell them what you think about AB-1414 ? ?
SB-1414 Crimes: solicitation of a minor. (2023-2024) session
If you value children’s SAFETY,
why do you elect DEMs ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

Original G April 19, 2024 - 1:34 AM - 1:34 AM

More on SB-1414 from CA Globe
‘California’s Senate Democrats Reject Bill to Make Purchasing a Child for Sex a Felony’
“Democrats rejected Grove’s proposal to make the buying of children for sex a prison felony, and blindsided her and hijacked her bill when they forced hostile amendments”

whenwilltheylearn April 19, 2024 - 6:33 AM - 6:33 AM

This comment section is strangely bereft of smart &&s liberals…why????Their usuai ,method of defense is to compare something on the right they think is wrong and say 2 wrongs make a right,but the things mentioned in this article only happen in liberal world,so they stay silent and act they never even heard of this.
These are not honest.moral or straight forward “people”.yet they ride a (free) high horse.

Dorothy April 19, 2024 - 9:37 AM - 9:37 AM

Just looked up the word “wobbler.” All events listed should be felonies, not misdemeanors. I don’t care what “level” those events are considered. Isn’t “selling” people, regardless of age, called slavery? Putting an age limit on “selling” underage people is still pandering and a form of condoning slavery.

Captain Bebops April 19, 2024 - 10:27 AM - 10:27 AM

Really? California Democrats are now officially bizarro! 🙄

Lex April 19, 2024 - 12:12 PM - 12:12 PM

I’m a hard left socialist and I support the harshest penalties for sex offenders. These predators have no place in society and need to be removed from it.

TT April 19, 2024 - 12:36 PM - 12:36 PM

Demon Democrats.

Original G April 19, 2024 - 2:04 PM - 2:04 PM

A little something DEMs pulled off in 2019.
‘CA Democrats Author Bill to Protect Sex Offenders Who Lure Minors’
“No sex offender registry if perpetrator within 10 years of age of the minor”…
under their bill, SB 145, the offenders would not have to automatically register as sex offenders if the offenders are within 10 years of age of the minor.

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