Senate Minority Leader Jones lauds US Supreme Court on its Grants Pass ruling

Senate Minority Leader Brian W. Jones issued the following statement applauding the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on City of Grants Pass v. Johnson (Grants Pass), which found that the city of Grants Pass, Oregon, may enforce its ordinances prohibiting camping on public property and fining violators.

“Today’s decision rightly empowers state and local officials to compassionately clear encampments,” said Jones. “Californians should not have to tolerate the encampments that have taken over our communities. This is not about criminalizing homelessness — it’s about ensuring the safety of both the community and homeless individuals. With this decision, Democrat politicians can no longer justify allowing this severe public health and safety crisis to persist on our streets. It’s time to clean up California.

“The ruling also reaffirms that my bipartisan Senate Bill 1011 from this year is a compassionate and legal approach to addressing homeless encampments. I am committed to continuing to work on this measure to ensure the safety of the community and the dignity of homeless individuals.”

Specifically, the court’s ruling found that the enforcement of generally applicable laws regulating camping on public property is not “cruel and unusual punishment” as prohibited by the Eighth Amendment.

About Senator Brian W. Jones
Senator Brian W. Jones represents the 40th Senate District which includes the cities of Escondido, Poway, San Marcos, Santee, San Diego city communities of Carmel Mountain Ranch, Mira Mesa, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Peñasquitos, Scripps Ranch, Sorrento Valley, and University City, along with the San Diego County unincorporated communities of 4S Ranch, Alpine, Bonsall, Fallbrook, Lakeside, Pine Valley, Rainbow, Ramona, and Valley Center.