Assembly Bill 14, the Civil Rights Act of 20067, authored by Assemblymember John Laird (D-Santa Cruz), amends 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.
STATUS: Introduced by Assemblymember Laird on December 4, 2006. Passed Assembly on May 21. Passed Senate on September 11 with a 23-12 vote. Signed by Governor Schwarzenegger; became law on January 1, 2008.
Lead Author: Assemblymember John Laird
Sponsor: Equality California
Co-Authors: Senators Kehoe and Kuehl; Assemblymembers Hancock, Leno, Lieber and Saldana
BACKGROUND ON AB 14