EQCA
Equality California
2007 Legislation
Successes in 2007

Total pieces of pro-LGBT legislation passed: 10
Total pieces of pro-LGBT legislation that became law: 9
Total pieces of pro-LGBT legislation vetoed: 1
Total pieces of pro-LGBT legislation that died in committee: 0

Total pieces of anti-LGBT legislation passed: 0
Total pieces of anti-LGBT legislation that became law: 0
Total pieces of anti-LGBT legislation defeated: 4

 

2007 Legislation



AB 43 - Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act

The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act would guarantee the California Constitution's promise of religious freedom and extend the vital protections afforded by marriage to loving and committed same-sex couples.

 



SB 777 - Student Civil Rights Act

The Student Civil Rights Act would create uniform nondiscrimination standards within the state’s education code so students, teachers and school administrators clearly understand the protections that are provided within California’s publicly-funded schools and programs.

 



AB 394 - Safe Place to Learn Act

 

The Safe Place to Learn Act provides clarification and guidance to school districts and the California Department of Education regarding what steps should be taken to ensure compliance with the California Student Safety and Violence Prevention Act of 2000, AB 537 (Kuehl). This necessary clarification will help to ensure that current school safety standards regarding harassment and discrimination are fully and properly implemented. 

 



SB 518 - Juvenile Justice Safety and Protection Act

Senate Bill 518, the Juvenile Justice Safety and Protection Act, authored by Senator Carole Migden (D-San Francisco), would address the crisis of abuse and discrimination against LGBT youth by instituting some basic safeguards that would benefit all young people residing in state and county juvenile justice facilities, including a Youth Bill of Rights, statutory anti-bias rules, and mandatory training regarding youth rights for correctional officers and other facility staff.



AB 14 - Civil Rights Act of 2007

 

Assemblymember John Laird

Assembly Bill 14, the Civil Rights Act of 20067, authored by Assemblymember John Laird (D-Santa Cruz), would amend existing nondiscrimination provisions to be consistent with the nondiscrimination protections in the Unruh Civil Rights Act and Government Code Section 11135, which prohibits discrimination in state funded programs and activities. AB 14 is the forth in a series of successful nondiscrimination bills authored by Assemblymember Laird and sponsored by EQCA to strengthen major areas of California law and clarify that people are protected from discrimination regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.



SB 559 - Fair and Equal Taxation for Surviving Partners Act

Prior to 2006, California law did not allow registered domestic partners to transfer property between each other without having its value reassessed, which can often result in increased tax liability. The Fair and Equal Taxation for Surviving Partners Act would allow certain domestic partners to seek a reduction in their property taxes if those taxes were unfairly increased prior to the availability of comprehensive domestic partnership protections in California.



AB 102 - Name Equality Act

This legislation would allow domestic partners and married spouses equal opportunity, regardless of gender, to change their surnames upon marriage or domestic partnership registration.

 

 

 



SJR 6 - Resolution Supporting the Repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

 

This resolution calls on Congress and the President to end the discriminatory "Don?t Ask, Don?t Tell" policy that prohibits openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from serving in the Armed Forces by passing the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, H.R. 1246, by Marty Meehan (D-MA), currently pending in Congress.



SB 105 - Domestic Partners Joint Income Tax Filing Implementation Bill

Senate Bill 518, the Juvenile Justice Safety and Protection Act, authored by Senator Carole Migden (D-San Francisco), would address the crisis of abuse and discrimination against LGBT youth by instituting some basic safeguards that would benefit all young people residing in state and county juvenile justice facilities, including a Youth Bill of Rights, statutory anti-bias rules, and mandatory training regarding youth rights for correctional officers and other facility staff.



AJR 29 - Resolution Urging Federal Support of the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act

This resolution urges Congress and the President of the United States to pass H.R. 1592/S. 1105, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act (LLEHCPA), also known as the Mathew Shepard Act, which would allow the U.S. Justice Department to investigate and prosecute hate crimes where the perpetrator has selected the victim because of the person's actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.



2007 Equality California-Supported Legislation

Each year many pieces of legislation that positively affect the LGBT community and its friends are introduced in the California Legislature. For 2007 Equality California has identified these bills as contributing to the betterment of California.



2007 Equality California-Opposed Legislation

A number of pieces of anti-LGBT legislation are introduced in the California Legislature each year. For the 2007 legislative session, Equality California is officially opposed to these bills because of the negative impact they will have on the LGBT community and our families.

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