SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Tom Lackey, R-Palmdale, took the oath of office Monday as the new representative for California’s 36th Assembly District.
“It is truly the honor and privilege of a lifetime to represent my community and the Antelope Valley in the state capitol,” Lackey stated in a press release. “I’m determined to work in partnership across party lines to solve many of the serious problems that face California today, including restoring jobs for struggling families, reforming our schools and keeping our communities safe.”
Lackey immediately went to work by introducing legislation to close a loophole in Proposition 47 to ensure that criminals found in possession of date-rape drugs are sent to prison.
The recent passage of Proposition 47 reduces many nonviolent property and drug crimes from felonies to misdemeanors.
Overlooked inside Proposition 47 is a provision that reduces penalties for possession of date-rape drugs. While other penalty reductions are for crimes such as drug possession for personal use, a criminal carrying a date-rape drug most likely intends to use the substance to incapacitate unsuspecting victims, according to Lackey.
Lackey’s bill would send this provision back to the ballot and give voters the chance to reinstate the felony penalty for this very serious offense.
“One of my top priorities in the upcoming session is ensuring that criminals are fairly punished for their crimes in order to provide a strong deterrent to committing these crimes,” stated Lackey.
Lackey began his career in public service in 1985 as a California Highway Patrolman, where he served for 28 years. In 2005, he was elected to the Palmdale City Council and served as the Mayor Pro Tem. Prior to his time on the city council, Lackey served on the Palmdale Elementary Board of Trustees.
Lackey represents the 36th Assembly District, which contains portions of Kern, San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties, including the communities of Lancaster, Palmdale, Quartz Hill, Acton, Littlerock, Pearblossom, Mojave, Rosamond, California City, Phelan and Piñon Hills.