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2007 Equality California-Supported Legislation

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.

SB 11: (lead author Senator Carole Migden, D-San Francisco) would allow any two unmarried, unrelated adults who share a common residence to establish a domestic partnership by filing a declaration with the Secretary of State.

Status: Held in Assembly Appropriations.

SB 407: (lead author Senator Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles) would clarify and update current law relating to the Domestic Violence Victim-Counselor Privilege and protect the personal information of victims of domestic violence.

Status: Signed by Governor Schwarzenegger, became law January 1, 2008

SB 464: (lead author Senator Sheila Kuehl, D-Santa Monica), would limit the ability of a property owner to get out of the rental business and in the process evict all tenants from the rental property to cases where the owner has owned the property for at least five years and who acquired ownership of the property on or after March 27, 2007.

Status: Placed on Senate inactive file by author.

SB 551: (lead author Senator Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles) 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: Held in Senate Appropriations.

SB 552: (lead author Senator Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles) would establish a Board to make recommendations to the Legislature on how to accurately seek out and provide reparations to American Citizens who were unconstitutionally deported to Mexico in the 1930s.

Status: Held in Assembly Appropriations.

SCR 58: (lead author Senator Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles) would urge the Curriculum Development and Supplemental Materials Commission and the State Board of Education to include the 1930s “Mexican Repatriation Program” in the adoption of the 2008 social science curriculum framework.

Status: Signed into law by the Secretary of State. SCR 58 is now official policy of California.

SB 624: (lead author Senator Alex Padilla, D-Pacoima), would enhance compliance with the Stop Tobacco Access to Kids Enforcement Act (STAKE Act) by extending enforcement authority to local agencies and increasing penalties for the sale of tobacco to minors.

Status: Signed by Governor Schwarzenegger, became law January 1, 2008

SB 840: (lead author Senator Sheila Kuehl, D-Santa Monica), the California Universal Healthcare Act, would cover every Californian with comprehensive health insurance and give them the ability to choose their own physician.

Status: Held in Assembly Appropriations.

SB 1019: (lead author Senator Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles), would overturn a California Supreme Court decision that has had the effect of closing down public access to information about police complaints in jurisdictions throughout the state.

Status: Held in Assembly Public Safety Committee.

AB 295: (lead author Assemblymember Ted Lieu, D-Torrance) would enhance state data collection to reflect and serve the diversity of Asian and Pacific Islander American communities.

Status: Vetoed by the Governor 10/11/2007

AB 374, California Compassionate Choices Act: (lead authors Assemblymembers Patty Berg, D-Eureka and Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys) would authorize competent adults suffering from a terminal illness to have the freedom to seek medication to hasten the end of their lives in a humane and dignified manner.

Status: Placed on Assembly Inactive File by author.

AB 437: (lead author Assemblymember Dave Jones, D-Sacramento) would extend the time frame in which an employee can file a wage discrimination claim against an employer.

 Status: Placed on Assembly inactive file by author.

AB 537: (lead author Assemblymember Sandré Swanson, D-Oakland) would expand the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) to provide covered employees with unpaid leave to care for an adult child, sibling, grandparent, grandchild, parent-in-law, or domestic partner.

Status: Vetoed by the Governor 10/14/2007

AB 1334: (lead author Assemblymember Sandré Swanson, D-Oakland) would allow for non-profit or health agencies to distribute sexual barrier devices in jails and prisons to help fight the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Status: Vetoed by the Governor 10/14/2007.

AB 1511: (lead author Assemblymember Mark Leno, D-San Francisco), the Stronger Families for California Act, would create a statewide public education program to provide parents with the communication skills necessary to discuss sexuality and responsible behavior with their teens.

Status: Held in Senate Appropriations.

AB 1595: (lead author Assemblymember Sally Lieber, D-San Jose), would create the Terrorism Prevention and Civil Liberties Protection Oversight Committee in the Department of Justice to advise and assist the state in preventing terrorist attacks, including hate crimes, and protecting civil liberties and human rights.

Status: Held in Assembly Appropriations.

ACR 11: (lead authors Assemblymember Jim Beall Jr. D- San Jose), would establish October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month to better inform the public about the prevalence of domestic violence and present solutions to bring an end to the problem.

Status: Signed into law by the Secretary of State. ACR 11 is now official policy of California.

ACR 51: (lead authors Assemblymembers Mike Eng, D-Monterey Park, and Todd Spitzer, R-Orange), would establish June as Hate Crimes Awareness Month to improve public safety by promoting a better public understanding of hate crimes and by fostering respect and acceptance of diversity.

Status: Signed by the Secretary of state. ACR 51 is now official policy of California.

Date Last Modified: 4/24/2008
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