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AB-2528 State-issued identity documents: diacritical marks.(2013-2014)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.
 The Legislature finds and declares the following:
(a) A diacritical mark is used in the Latin script to change the sound of a letter to which it is added and is used to distinguish the meaning of the words in which those letters appear.
(b) These changes are significant, especially when considering the proper pronunciation and meaning of a person’s name.
(c) The act of naming a child is often a significant moment for a family, and diacritical marks in a family name convey importance both in meaning and familial or cultural traditions.
(d) It is in the best interest of the state to make reasonable accommodations to parents’ wishes when providing their child with a legal name, including the wish to pass on familial or culturally significant spellings and meanings, and to ensure that this information is accurately represented on other forms of state-issued identity documentation.

SEC. 2.

 Section 298.5 of the Family Code is amended to read:

298.5.
 (a) Two persons desiring to become domestic partners may complete and file a Declaration of Domestic Partnership with the Secretary of State.
(b) The Secretary of State shall register the Declaration of Domestic Partnership in a registry for those partnerships, and shall return a copy of the registered form,  form and  a Certificate of Registered Domestic Partnership, and  Partnership and, except for those opposite sex domestic partners who meet the qualifications described in subparagraph (B) of paragraph (5) of subdivision (b) of Section 297,  a copy of the brochure that is made available to county clerks and the Secretary of State by the State Department of Public Health pursuant to Section 358 and distributed to individuals receiving a confidential marriage license pursuant to Section 503, to the domestic partners at the mailing address provided by the domestic partners.
(c) A No  person who has filed a Declaration of Domestic Partnership may not  file a new Declaration of Domestic Partnership or enter a civil marriage with someone other than their registered domestic partner unless the most recent domestic partnership has been terminated or a final judgment of dissolution or nullity of the most recent domestic partnership has been entered. This prohibition does not apply if the previous domestic partnership ended because one of the partners died.
(d) When funding allows, the Secretary of State shall print and make available upon request, pursuant to Section 358, a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender specific domestic abuse brochure developed by the State Department of Public Health and made available to the Secretary of State to domestic partners who qualify pursuant to Section 297.
(e) The Certificate of Registered Domestic Partnership shall include the name used by each party before registration of the domestic partnership and the new name, if any, selected by each party upon registration of the domestic partnership.
(f) The Secretary of State shall ensure that diacritical marks on English letters are properly recorded on all Certificates of Registered Domestic Partnership including, but not limited to, accents, tildes, graves, umlauts, and cedillas. The Secretary of State shall develop procedures to include other reasonable requests relating to names on Certificates of Registered Domestic Partnership.

SEC. 3.

 Section 102132 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

102132.
 The State Registrar shall ensure that diacritical marks on English letters are properly recorded on all certificates of live birth, certificates of fetal death, or certificates of death, and all marriage licenses, including, but not limited to, accents, tildes, graves, umlauts, and cedillas. The registrar shall develop procedures to include other reasonable requests relating to names on certificates of live birth, certificates of fetal death, or certificates of death, and marriage licenses.

SEC. 4.

 Section 12800.1 is added to the Vehicle Code, to read:

12800.1.
 The department shall ensure that diacritical marks on English letters are properly recorded on all drivers’ licenses, including, but not limited to, accents, tildes, graves, umlauts, and cedillas. The department shall develop procedures to include other reasonable requests relating to names on drivers’ licenses.

SEC. 5.

 Section 13000.2 is added to the Vehicle Code, to read:

13000.2.
 The department shall ensure that diacritical marks on English letters are properly recorded on all identification cards, including, but not limited to, accents, tildes, graves, umlauts, and cedillas. The department shall develop procedures to include other reasonable requests relating to names on identification cards.