Why is California so slow to protect children from sex crimes?

For a state that wishes to be one of the nation’s agenda-setters and serve as a model for the country, California is woefully weak when it comes to protecting children from sex crimes.

GOP state Sen. Shannon Grove has introduced a bill that would make it a felony to purchase or solicit a child for sex. As you can assume based on that sentence, purchasing a child for sex in California is just a misdemeanor right now, with a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a fine of $10,000. Grove’s bill would make it a felony punishable by up to four years in prison and a $25,000 fine, and it would require offenders to register as sex offenders for 10 years.

Efforts to do this have failed in California since 2014, meaning that for the past
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