Allow Racial/Gender Preferences In Public Schools, UC/CSU Admissions, Gov't Pgms And Contracts? CA Voters Banned This With Prop 209. LB Ass'y Dems O'Donnell, Gipson And Rendon Just Invited CA Voters To Repeal Prop 209 In November
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|(June 11, 2020) -- On June 10. the CA Assembly voted mainly along party lines (60-14-5) to advance ACA 5 to the state Senate where a 2/3 vote could place it on the November 2020 ballot, inviting a majority of CA voters to repeal Prop 209 that banned gov't decided racial/gender preferences in public schools, UC/CSU admissions and other government programs, hiring and contracts.
Among those voting to advance ACA 5 were LB area Assembly members Patrick O'Donnell (D, LB/SP), Mike Gipson (D, NLB-Carson) and Speaker Anthony Rendon (D, NLB-Paramount.)
ACA 5 is supported by traditional Dem party supportive groups but has drawn fierce opposition from a number of Asian-American constituencies. Three Democrat Assembly members -- Edwin Chau, Kansen Chu and Bill Quirk were recorded as "no vote recorded" along with Republicans Jordan Cunningham and Heath Flora. Republican Tom Lackey voted "yes."
For a full vote tally, click here.
If ACA 5 clears the state Senate by a 2/3 margin, it will be placed on the November 2020 statewide presidential ballot, where a majority of statewide voters will decide whether to enact it or reject it.
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|Prop 209,approved by CA voters in 1996 by a roughly 54%-46% margin [legislative counsel's digest] "prohibits the state from discriminating against, or granting preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting. The California Constitution defines the state for these purposes to include the state, any city, county, public university system, community college district, school district, special district, or any other political subdivision or governmental instrumentality of, or within, the state."
ACA 5 would repeal Prop 209 if approved by a majority of CA voters in November.
On May 5, 2020, the Assembly Public Employment and Retirement Committee advanced ACA 5 on a 6-1 vote...with LB Assemblyman Patrick O'Donnell among those voting "yes."
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