Equality California
State Assembly Passes Historic Foster Care Nondiscrimination Bill

2002-2004 Press Releases


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Sacramento, CA - The Appropriations Committee of the California State Assembly today approved a bill that would protect foster children in the state from discrimination based on a range of factors including sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV/AIDS status. The bill, AB 458 by Assemblymember Judy Chu (D-Monterey Park), is sponsored by the National Association of Social Workers, California Chapter, and is strongly supported by the California Alliance for Pride and Equality (CAPE). The bill passed overwhelmingly on a vote of 18-7.

AB 458 prohibits discrimination and harassment against foster children and caretakers, and adds the subject of the nondiscrimination requirement t existing training modules for foster parents and staff. The committee analysis showed that the bill would have no fiscal impact since the training would simply be incorporated into the training hours already required of caretakers.

"This is a simple bill to put in place a much-needed statement of nondiscrimination principles for the state's foster care system," stated Geoffrey Kors, Executive Director of CAPE. "Our state's most vulnerable children deserve this long-overdue protection of their civil rights. We sincerely thank the members of the Appropriations Committee for their support, and we look forward to continued success on the Assembly floor."

AB 458 next heads to the Assembly floor for a vote by the full Assembly.

The votes on AB 458 today were as follows:

18 Ayes (all Democrats): Berg, Calderon, Cohn, Corbett, Correa, Diaz, Firebaugh, Goldberg, Leno, Negrete McLeod, Nation, Nunez, Pavley, Ridley-Thomas, Simitian, Steinberg, Wiggins, and Yee

7 Noes (all Republicans): Bates, Daucher, Haynes, Maldonado, Pacheco, Runner, and Samuelian

Founded in 1998, Equality California, formerly California Alliance for Pride and Equality (CAPE), is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots-based, statewide advocacy organization whose mission is to ensure the dignity, safety, equality and civil rights of all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Californians. EQCA is one of the largest and fastest growing statewide LGBT organizations in the country. EQCA can be contacted through our website at www.eqca.org.

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