People living temporarily on public property would be subject to criminal charges, including fines and jail time, under a new Republican bill in the state Assembly. It’s raised fierce opposition from critics who say it will harm people experiencing homelessness, while the measure’s author says it’s meant to help them.

The bill received a public hearing Oct. 12, less than a week after it was introduced as part of a package of legislation that Assembly Republicans say is aimed toward addressing the state’s workforce housing shortage. Those bills include provisions around zoning and approval of new workforce housing projects for certain local governments.

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