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FRESNO, Calif. – In November, voters will have the opportunity to decide on a reform for Proposition 47.

California for Safer Communities has announced the Homelessness, Drug Addiction and Theft Reduction Act has qualified for the ballot.

After months of collecting signatures, law enforcement, elected officials, and the business community view this as a positive step forward, having collected over 900,000 signatures statewide.

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On Thursday, local business owners and Pamela Smith, Founder of Mother in Grief Support Group, at a round table held at the Fresno Chamber of Commerce spoke about the frustration across the political aisle. Smith, who lost a son due to fentanyl has been an advocate for a change in state laws.

The reform would address organized and serial retail theft, confront the fentanyl crisis and prioritize mental health and drug treatment.

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Prop 47, passed in 2014 with the goal of bolstering neighborhood safety and curbing incarceration rates, has had unintended consequences. The bipartisan measure aims to bring back the accountability measure for repeat offenders, drug traffickers and those in need of mental health and drug services by promoting alternatives to jail time. Officials believe all of these issues are interconnected and need to be addressed as a whole.

As a united front, small businesses, community leaders, victims’ families and elected officials believe a change is long over due. At the ballot box, voters have a chance to be part of the solution.

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To learn more about Initiative 23-0017A1 and how you can help visit casafecommunities.com.