California Legislative Positions

Save the ADA! Oppose H.R. 620

June 9, 2017
See Extensive Resources & Links To Assist People Fighting This Draconian, Misguided, Damaging Bill!

H.R. 620 would weaken the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a critical source of rights for people with disabilities to architectural access in public accommodations—that is, businesses such as stores, restaurants, hotels, etc.

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Letter to California House Co-Sponsors of HR 620

May 25, 2017
...The undersigned are 110 California disability, civil rights, senior, and civic organizations that collectively represent hundreds of thousands of Californians who have or may acquire a disability. We urge you to protect the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and to reconsider and withdraw your co-sponsorship of and support for H.R. 620, the inaptly named ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017....

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Support for SB 577 Developmental Services

March 27, 2014
SB 577 seeks to create a new service funded by the California regional centers that allows providers to assist consumers individually to prepare for employment. This new category could be used to put together micro-enterprise opportunities and to fund the discovery phase of customized employment for people with developmental disabilities.

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Affordable Accessible Housing for Low-Income People With Disabilities

April 23, 2013
SB 550 is a modest bill which will help California meet the needs of its rapidly growing population of seniors, its veterans, and all low income people with disabilities who need affordable homes which meet their needs and enable them to stay out of institutions and be part of their communities.

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The Government Code – Relating to Employment

April 18, 2013
In Harris v. City of Santa Monica the high court specified that an employee must prove that unlawful discrimination is a "substantial factor" motivating adverse employment action, but did not provide detail relevant to that requirement. SB 655 would codify a definition of "substantial factor" for "mixed motive" cases that is consistent with other high court precedent offering such detail. This bill would also confirm availability of FEHA remedies intended to compensate for the harmful effects of experiencing discrimination and to deter inappropriate employer conduct.

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Amend Section 12011.5 of the Government Code

April 15, 2013
Currently, Cal Govt. Code §12011.5 mandates the collection of demographic data relative to ethnicity, race, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation to be provided by all judicial applicants. AB 1005 incorporates disability and veterans' status into the list of demographic data that is collected.

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Amend Section 32282 of the Education Code

April 10, 2013
SB 549 requires school and school districts within their school safety plans to better define the role of police officers on campus in order to promote effective strategies towards school safety that better support a healthy school climate and student achievement. It additionally prioritizes funding for school counselors and administrators before police officers.

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