Equality California
Equal Benefits Bill | SB 117 | 2011

Equal Benefits Bill

Bill Number: SB 117

State agencies currently must ensure that any contractors they hire who are paid more than $100,000 do not discriminate between married employees and employees in domestic partnerships when providing benefits. However, that law hasn’t adequately covered married same-sex couples. SB 117 requires that all contractors who are paid more than $100,000 do not discriminate on the basis of gender or sexual orientation of their employees’ spouses or domestic partners. This bill ensures that all same-sex couples who are legally married are equally protected.

Status: Introduced on January 20, 2011; passed by the Senate Committee on Governmental Organization on March 22, 2011, 7-5. Passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 5, 2011. Passed by the full Senate on May 9, 2011, on a 21-15 vote. Passed by the Assembly Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Protections on June 14, 2011, on a 5-3 vote. Passed by the Assembly Judiciary Committee on June 21, 2011, on a 7-3 vote. Passed by the full Assembly on July 14, 2011, on a 46-24 vote. Passed by the California State Legislature on August 23, 2011, on a 22-13 vote. Signed by Governor Jerry Brown.

Author: Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego).



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