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AB-711 Pupil records: name and gender changes.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 04/11/2019 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 11, 2019
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 25, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 711


Introduced by Assembly Member Chiu

February 19, 2019


An act to add Section 49062.5 to the Education Code, relating to pupil records.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 711, as amended, Chiu. Pupil records: name and gender changes.
Existing law requires school districts to establish, maintain, and destroy pupil records according to regulations adopted by the State Board of Education, and requires those regulations to establish state policy concerning pupil records.
This bill would require a school district to update a former pupil’s records if the school district receives documentation government-issued documentation, as described, demonstrating that the former pupil’s legal name or gender has been changed. The bill would require the school district to reissue specified documents conferred upon, or issued to, the former pupil with the former pupil’s updated legal name or gender, if requested by the former pupil. By imposing a new duty on a school district, the bill would create a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 49062.5 is added to the Education Code, to read:

49062.5.
 (a) If a school district receives documentation documentation, government-issued as described in subdivision (b), demonstrating that a former pupil’s legal name or gender has been changed, the school district shall update the former pupil’s records accordingly. If requested by the former pupil, the school district shall reissue any documents conferred upon the former pupil with the former pupil’s updated legal name or gender. Documents that may be reissued by the school district include, but are not limited to, a transcript, a high school diploma conferred pursuant to Section 51410, or a high school equivalency certificate issued pursuant to Section 51420.
(b) The documentation provided by a former pupil demonstrating legal name or gender change may include, but need not be limited to, any of the following:
(1) State-issued driver’s license.
(2) Birth certificate.
(3) Passport.
(4) Social security card.
(5) Court order indicating a name change or a gender change, or both.

SEC. 2.

 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.