Equality California
Youth Equality Act Advances out of Two Key Assembly Committees
August 13, 2013

CONTACT: Jesse Melgar, Equality California
PHONE: 909.800.3840 EMAIL: jesse@eqca.org

CONTACT: Lizette Mata, Senator Lara’s Office 
PHONE: 916-651-4033 EMAIL: Lizette.Mata@sen.ca.gov  

Youth Equality Act Advances out of Two Key Assembly Committees

(Sacramento) The Youth Equality Act (SB 323), designed to bring youth group tax exemptions in line with California’s existing non-discrimination laws, has passed both the Assembly Tax and Revenue and Judiciary Committees this week, advancing this historic bill to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

“Today, the Youth Equality passed out of its last policy committee but our work is far from over. We are going to need to work very hard to ensure that members in the Assembly understand the importance of this bill,” stated Lara. “With their support, California will remain a leader for LGBT rights and equality.”

The bill, authored by Senator Ricardo Lara and sponsored by Equality California passed the Assembly Tax and Revenue Committee with a vote of 6-3, and the Judiciary by a vote of 6-3. In June, the Youth Equality Act received a two-thirds vote in the Senate – the first time an LGBT bill received a two-thirds vote in the state’s history.

“California does not tolerate discrimination and we certainly shouldn’t pay for it,” said John O’Connor, Executive Director of Equality California. “Organizations that discriminate against a young person or leader because of who they are or who they love should be sent a clear message – discrimination has a real cost!”

The Youth Equality Act will eliminate a sales and corporate tax exemption for youth groups that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or religious affiliation.

The bill now moves on to the Assembly Committee on Appropriations.

If you missed the press conference this morning in room 317, here’s a link to the Senator’s remarks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-uk2YdsAW4

For more information please visit this link: http://www.senate.ca.gov/lara

Equality California (EQCA) is the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender advocacy organization in California. Over the past decade, Equality California has strategically moved California from a state with extremely limited legal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to a state with some of the most comprehensive human rights protections in the nation. Equality California has partnered with legislators to successfully sponsor more than 90 pieces of pro-equality legislation. EQCA continues to advance equality through legislative advocacy, electoral work, public education and community empowerment. www.eqca.org