Affordable-Housing Bill Clears Major Hurdle, Passes on Assembly Floor

The California Assembly today voted 54-25 to pass SB 2 – the Building Homes and Jobs Act – legislation authored by Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) that will create a permanent source of funding for affordable housing.Following the vote Atkins made the following statement: “California is in crisis. Rising housing costs affect us all. Too(…)

LGBT Data Collection Bill Passes Legislature

 Assembly Bill 677 by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco), which would help ensure California public policy meets the needs of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) communities, Monday passed the Assembly on concurrence and now heads to the Governor’s desk. “I want to thank all of my colleagues in the Legislature for understanding the(…)

State Senate approves Gender Pay Equity Bill

California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) Thursday won state Senate approval of her legislation to combat the reality that women earn less than men for the exact same work. Studies have proven beyond dispute that women in the U.S. are paid, on average, less than men for doing the same jobs. AB 1209,(…)

California Assembly Adopts Resolution to Prevent Discrimination Against Transgender Servicemembers

The California State Assembly adopted Assembly Joint Resolution 22 Thursday condemning President Trump’s announcement that he will ban transgender individuals from serving in the military, directing the California military to not discriminate against transgender service members, and urging Defense Secretary James Mattis to allow trans service members to serve their country. The resolution is co-authored(…)

Civil Rights Groups Ask for Comprehensive Review of Law Enforcement Efforts on Hate Crimes

Citing escalating hate crimes by both organized hate groups and individuals, Equality California joined eight other major civil rights organizations to call on the California Legislature to order a comprehensive evaluation of law enforcement agencies’ efforts to protect Californians from hate crimes. The civil rights groups support a request by Assemblymember Kansen Chu (D-San José),(…)

Bill to Track Sexual Assault Evidence Kits Clears Senate Appropriations Committee

The Senate Appropriations Committee Friday passed a bill authored by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and sponsored by Alameda District Attorney Nancy O’Malley that would help reduce the number of untested sexual assault evidence kits throughout California. AB 41 will for first time require law enforcement agencies to report to the California Department of Justice(…)