Gavin Christopher Newsom (born October 10, 1967) is an American politician and businessman who is the 40th governor of California, serving since January 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served as the 49th lieutenant governor of California from 2011 to 2019 and as the 42nd mayor of San Francisco from 2004 to 2011.
After a monthslong delay, a bill that decriminalizes loitering for adults with the intent to engage in sex work is being sent this week to Governor Gavin Newsom to sign into law.
Such criminal codes have been referred to as "walking while trans" laws due to police using them to arrest transgender women who engage in prostitution in order to make a living.Gay state Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) told the Bay Area Reporter that he would make a motion Monday, June 20, to enroll Senate Bill 357, which he authored, and send it to Newsom's desk for his signature.
The process usually takes a few days, so Newsom could conceivably sign the controversial legislation into law ahead of the Pride celebrations taking place this weekend in San Francisco and numerous other cities across the state and nation."It is Pride Month, and it is time to send this bill to the governor," said Wiener.Newsom has 12 days to either sign or veto SB 357 once he receives it.
If the bill does become law then California would join the state of New York in repealing its loitering laws. The Empire State did so in 2021.Asked for comment last week, the governor's office told the B.A.R.