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Assembly Passes SB48 Requiring Schools To Include Study of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Historical Figures, Sends Measure To Governor Brown
(July 6, 2011) -- The California Assembly -- with the support of LB area lawmakers -- has voted to approve SB 48, requiring schools to include the study of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans and persons with disabilities to the list of groups whose role and contributions must be accurately portrayed in instructional materials and included in social science instruction.
The measure, titled the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful Act ("FAIR Act") by its supporters, cleared the Assembly on a 49-25 vote on Tuesday July 5, 2011.
The bill also adds sexual orientation and religion to the list of characteristics that should not be reflected adversely in adopted instructional materials. To view the full bill text, click here.
The party line vote saw all Assembly Democrats -- including co-authors Assemblywmembers Bonnie Lowenthal (D, LB) and Warren Furutani (D, Carson-LB) -- vote for the measure. All Assembly Republicans voted against the bill that would require textbooks and other instructional materials used in public schools to include age appropriate information about the historical contributions of gays, lesbians and transgender Americans.
In April 2011, after passing the Senateís Education Committee chaired by the billís co-author Senator Alan Lowenthal (D, LB), the measure was approved by the full Senate with Sen. Lowenthal and Senator Rod Wright (D, PV-LB-Inglewood) joining other Democrats in a similar party line vote approving the measure 23-14 vote.
The bill now goes to Governor Jerry Brown (a Democrat) who has 12 days to sign it or veto it. Gov. Brown has not yet taken a public position on the bill. A similar bill was passed five years ago, but was vetoed by then Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
In June, a legislative anlaysis by the Assembly's Education Committee listed the following supporters and opponents of SB48:
SUPPORT Equality California (Sponsor) Adolescent Health Working Group Anti-Defamation League Arc and United Cerebral Palsy in California Asian Americans for Civil Rights & Equality California Communities United Institute California Language Teachers Association California State PTA California Teachers Association Californians for Disability Rights, Inc. City of Oakland City of West Hollywood Disability Rights California Gay-Straight Alliance Network Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom Los Angeles Unified School District Our Family Coalition Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays National San Francisco Unified School District The Arc and United Cerebral Palsy Many individuals OPPOSITION California Catholic Conference, Inc. Calvary Assembly of God Calvary Chapel Foothill Ranch Capitol Resource Family Impact Catholics for the Common Good Concerned Women for America of California Faith Assembly of God Granada Hills Community Church Lighthouse Baptist Church Rancho Christian Center New Harvest Christian Fellowship The Rock Santa Maria Foursquare Church Traditional Values Valley Life Free Church Vina Community Church Numerous individuals
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