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2006 Equality California-Supported Legislation

2006 Equality California-Supported Legislation

Each year many pieces of legislation that positively affect the LGBT community and its friends are introduced in the California Legislation. For 2006 Equality California has identified these bills as contributing to the betterment of California.

AB 2510: (lead author Assemblymember Ted Lieu, D-El Segundo) would require school surveys to assess the incidence of bullying and harassment of students based, among other things, on sexual orientation and gender identity, and require the Attorney General to prepare an annual report based on these surveys.

Status: Vetoed by Governor.

AB 2386: (lead author Assemblymember Jenny Oropeza, D-Carson) would require the California Secretary of State to post the Code of Fair Campaign Practices on his or her website, along with a list of candidates for state or federal office who have subscribed to the code.  The passage of this bill and AB 1207 would allow Californians to know which candidates have agreed to avoid campaign practices that play on prejudice against lesbian, gay, and bisexual persons.

Status: Vetoed by Governor.

SB 1654: (lead author Senator Deborah Ortiz, D-Sacramento) would clarify an LGBT absentee voter's right to authorize his or her cohabitating domestic partner to pick up an absentee ballot.  This will streamline the voting process and have a positive impact on LGBT voter turnout.

Status: Signed by the governor and chaptered into law.

AB 2076 (lead author Assemblymember Laird, D-Santa Cruz) would allow state General Funds for HIV prevention to support locally-authorized needle exchange programs and allow such programs to use funds to purchase sterile hypodermic needles and syringes.

Status: Withdrawn by author.

AJR 37: Voting Rights Act of 1965  (lead author Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas, D-Los Angeles) would urge Congress and the President to extend certain provisions of the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, which are set to expire in 2007.

Status: Chaptered into law.

ACR 56 (lead author Assemblymember Chu, D-Monterey Park) would designate June 2006 as Hate Crimes Awareness Month in an effort to raise awareness of the continuing occurrence of hate crimes and ways to improve public safety.

Status:  Chaptered into law.

AB 1056 (lead author Assemblymember Chu, D-Monterey Park) would require the State Board of Education to develop a pilot project integrating intergroup relations and tolerance curriculum into the English and Social Science framework. AB 1056 would direct the Board of Education to consult with human relations commissions and individuals and groups that are protected by California’s hate crimes legislation.

Status:  Vetoed by Governor.

AB 2371 (lead author Assemblymember Levine, D-Van Nuys) would require that arbitration agreements between employers and employees be voluntary for sexual orientation and other employment discrimination claims under the Fair Employment and Housing Act.

Status: Failed in the Assembly by a 38-39 vote.

AB 2302 (authored by the Assembly Judiciary Committee) would require that interpreters be made available to people who need language assistance in civil courts.

Status: Vetoed by Governor.

SB 1575 (lead author Senator Dunn, D-Garden Grove) would require that public school courses that teach about human rights include a discussion of the deportation of American citizens of Mexican descent during the Great Depression.

Status: Vetoed by Governor.

AB 2084 (lead author Assemblymember Karnette, D-Long Beach) would clarify that a portion of marriage license fees are to be used to support domestic violence shelter-based programs and protect a victim's confidential information.

Status: Chaptered into law.

SCR 75 (lead author Senator Elaine Alquist, D-Santa Clara) would commend the Girl Scouts of America for their history of service and for accepting all girls and women regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, economic background, national origin, disability or medical condition.

Status: Chaptered into law.

SB 1489 (lead author Senator Denise Moreno Ducheny, D-San Diego) would re-enact existing provisions of law that allow the Attorney General to collect attorney's fees in civil rights enforcement actions.

Status: Vetoed by Governor.

Budget Item 4200-101-0001  allocates $7.5 million to the Office of AIDS in the 2006-2007 state budget to expand methamphetamine prevention and treatment programs targeting gay men and other men who have sex with men.

Status: Approved. This item is now part of the 2006-2007 state budget.

Date Last Modified: 10/23/2006
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