Equality California
Seth's Law | AB 9 | 2011

Seth's Law

Bill Number: AB 9 

Although California has adopted anti-bullying legislation, LGBT youth are still subject to harassment, intimidation and bullying. Seth’s Law tightens anti-bullying policies in California schools by ensuring that all schools have clear and consistent policies and by establishing timelines for investigating claims of bullying. AB 9 will help create a respectful and safe environment for all students.

Status: Introduced on December 6, 2010. Passed California Assembly Education Committee on April 13, 2011 on a 7-3 vote. Passed by the Assembly Appropriations Committee on May 27, 2011 on a 12-5 vote. Passed by the Assembly on June 1, 2011 on a 52-26 vote. Passed by the Senate Committee on June 22, 2011 on a 7-2 vote. Passed by the full Senate on September 1, 2011 on a 24-14 vote. Passed by the Assembly on September 7, 2011 on a 53-26 vote. Signed by Governor Jerry Brown.


Author: Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco)

Principal Co-Author: Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis)

Legislative Co-Authors:  Assemblymember Michael Allen (D-Santa Rosa), Assemblymember Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo), Assemblymember Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), Assemblymember Rich Gordon (D-San Mateo), Assemblymember Isadore Hall (D-Los Angeles), Assemblymember Fiana Ma (D-San Francisco),  Assemblymember John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles), Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez (D-Coachella), Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego), Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), and Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco)

Organization Sponsors:
American Civil Liberties Union California Affiliates; Gay-Straight Alliance Network; National Center for Lesbian Rights; 
The Trevor Project