A bill decriminalizing loitering for prostitution has been sent to Gov. Newsom. Will he sign it?

Previous “dipshit of the day recipient, State Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, speaks about Senate Bill 357, which would prohibit law enforcement from using loitering as evidence of sex work, on the last day of the California Legislature’s 2021 legislative session at the Capitol.

After nine months in limbo, a bill that would decriminalize loitering for the purposes of prostitution has finally been sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom for a signature. He has 12 days to either sign or veto it.

The hotly-contested Senate Bill 357 passed out of the Legislature last September despite objections from law enforcement and some human trafficking support groups, as well as a few moderate Democratic lawmakers. While the bill does not decriminalize sex work, it does prevent police from using loitering laws to arrest suspected sex workers.

Critics argue that the measure makes it harder for law enforcement to rescue vulnerable people from sex trafficking.


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