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‘Gavin’s Law’ hits roadblock in State Senate over increasing hit-and-run penalties

A law championed by Assemblyman Jim Patterson to increase penalties on hit-and-run drivers after a 2018 death of a Clovis Unified educator hit a stumbling block Friday in Sacramento.

The Senate Public Safety Committee failed to pass “Gavin’s Law,” named for Gavin Gladding, killed during a jog on Friant Road on Sept. 16, 2018, by a suspected impaired driver who fled the scene.

“Gavin’s Law” (previously known as AB 582, now as AB 195) would increase the penalty for hit-and-run with serious injury or death from two-to-four years to three-to-six years. It would also allow the judge discretion in sentencing.

The bill needed four votes; it received three votes from the seven members of the committee. Three abstained and one voted no.

Here’s more from David Taub at GVWire.

Staff reports from The San Joaquin Valley Sun staff.