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SB-218 Employment: discrimination enforcement: local government.(2019-2020)

Senate:
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Assembly:
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Bill Status
SB-218
Bradford (S)
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Employment: discrimination enforcement: local government.
03/09/19
An act to amend Section 12993 of, and to add Chapter 10 (commencing with Section 12997) to Part 2.8 of Division 3 of Title 2 of, the Government Code, relating to discrimination.
Senate
09/17/19
09/06/19

Type of Measure
Active Bill - In Floor Process
Majority Vote Required
Non-Appropriation
Fiscal Committee
Non-State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Urgency
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
10/12/19 In Senate. Consideration of Governor's veto pending.
10/12/19 Vetoed by the Governor.
09/20/19 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 10 a.m.
09/14/19 Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 33. Noes 0. Page 2960.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
09/14/19 In Senate. Concurrence in Assembly amendments pending.
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Senate:

I am returning Senate Bill 218 without my signature.

This bill would amend the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) to permit local jurisdictions in Los Angeles County to enact and enforce their own laws prohibiting employment discrimination as long as they are at a minimum as protective as the FEHA.

I am committed to combating and eradicating discrimination and have signed several measures this year to address discriminatory practices. However, I don't support lifting a preemption that has been in place for decades in the manner proposed in this bill. As crafted, this measure could create confusion, inconsistent enforcement of the law and increase costs without a corresponding increase in worker protections.

This bill leaves ambiguities about local governments' ability to enforce both local ordinances and FEHA. I invite the Legislature to come back with a measure that makes it clear that local enforcement measures are exclusively focused on local ordinances.

Sincerely,





Gavin Newsom