Bill Number: SB 182
Diversity on the bench matters. Yet California’s judiciary suffers from a lack of diversity. SB 182 ensures that voluntary data on the gender identity and sexual orientation of potential judges is gathered through the state’s Judicial Applicant Data Report, alongside existing questions on gender and racial or ethnic identity.
Status: Introduced on February 7, 2011. Passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 5, 2011 on a 3-2 vote. Passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee on May 26, 2011 on a 6-3 vote, and the full Senate on June 1, 2011 on a 23-14 vote. Passed by the Assembly Judiciary Committee on June 21, 2011 on a 7-3 vote. Passed by the Assembly Appropriations Committee on July 6, 2011, on a 11-5 vote. Passed by the full Assembly on August 29, 2011, on a 52-25 vote. Signed by Governor Jerry Brown.
Author: Senator Ellen Corbett (D-San Leandro).