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A California Democratic-led committee is advancing a bill that would allow murderers to serve life in prison without requiring re-sentencing parole.

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A California Democratic-led committee is advancing a bill that would allow murderers to serve life in prison without requiring re-sentencing parole.

A bill allowing murderers to serve life in prison without parole for re-sentence cleared a major hurdle Friday in the Democratic-led California state legislature.

The State House Appropriations Committee introduced Senate Bill 94, which is now moving to the next stage of voting. The bill would allow California inmates serving life without parole (LWOP) for certain crimes to petition for re-sentencing if the crime occurred before June 5, 1990, and to complete at least 25 years of their sentence.

Those convicted of first-degree murder of a police officer will be excused. Those who have been reinstated will have the opportunity to appear one day before a parole board, which could prevent them from being released.

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An aerial view of the California State Capitol in Sacramento. Lawmakers introduced a bill on Friday that would allow murderers serving life in prison without parole to petition for re-sentencing. (Global Image Collection via Getty Images)

In a social media post, State Senator Dave Cortez, a Democrat who introduced the bill, said simply that he was “thrilled that these major bills passed the House Appropriations Committee.”

Fox News Digital has reached out to Cortez’s office.

“I would like to say that I am shocked that Bill 94 has been passed in the Senate by the Democratic-controlled Assembly Appropriations Committee, but I am not,” Jessica Milan Patterson, chair of the California Republican Party, said in a statement. “California Democrats continue to send a crystal clear message to all Californians: They would rather protect violent killers than focus their efforts on true public safety and victim protection.”

California Senator Dave Cortez, a Democrat, has introduced a bill that would allow convicted homicides who are serving life in prison without parole sentences the chance to be re-sentenced. (California State Senate)

Representative Bill Easley, a Republican and former federal attorney general, said those sentenced for heinous crimes should serve their entire prison term, even if that is life without the possibility of parole.

He asked, “Killing two people in aggravating circumstances is not enough to justify LWOP’s punishment? Being an accomplice to a mass murderer is not enough?” “Killing a peace officer is heinous enough, but killing a firefighter or any other public servant is not? These exceptions are purely political.”

He added, “The provisions of the LWOP are promises to the families of the victims that they never need to fear letting someone out of prison.” “This will allow a significant proportion of LWOP offenders to be re-conviction to standard first degree murder and to qualify for parole immediately.”

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Osaily noted that many juries and victims’ families accept LWOP because of the guarantees that the convicted person will never be released.

“Now we are trying here to let them out,” he said.

SB 94 sailed through the Democratic-majority state Senate before moving to the Assembly in May.

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