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AB-1126 Commission on the State of Hate. (2021-2022)

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Date Published: 02/18/2021 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1126


Introduced by Assembly Member Bloom
(Principal coauthor: Assembly Member Gabriel)
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Bauer-Kahan, Nazarian, and Ward)

February 18, 2021


An act to add Chapter 1.1 (commencing with Section 8010) to Division 1 of Title 2 of the Government Code, relating to state government.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1126, as introduced, Bloom. Commission on the State of Hate.
Existing law, the Unruh Civil Rights Act, specifies that all persons within the jurisdiction of the state are free and equal. Existing law entitles people regardless of their sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship, primary language, or immigration status to the full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, privileges, or services in all business establishments of every kind.
This bill would establish the Commission on the State of Hate in the state government. The bill would provide for the appointment of 10 members, appointed by the Governor, the Speaker of the Assembly, and the Senate Committee on Rules, as provided. The bill would prescribe the goals of the commission, which would include, among other things, advising the Legislature, the Governor, and state agencies on policy recommendations to promote intersocial education designed to foster mutual respect and understanding among California’s diverse population. The bill would require the commission to report to the Legislature annually, as provided.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Chapter 1.1 (commencing with Section 8010) is added to Division 1 of Title 2 of the Government Code, to read:
CHAPTER  1.1. Commission on the State of Hate

8010.
 (a) There is hereby established in state government the Commission on the State of Hate. The commission shall be composed of 10 members, as follows:
(1) Four members appointed by the Governor.
(2) Three members appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly.
(3) Three members appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules.
(b) Appointments to the commission shall be considered among individuals who possess professional experience, expertise, or specialized knowledge in combating hate, intolerance, and discrimination on the basis of sex, color, race, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship, primary language, immigration status, or genetic information.
(c) The members shall elect one of their number to serve as chairperson.
(d) Members of the Legislature shall serve on the commission as ex officio members without vote and shall participate in the activities of the commission to the extent that their participation is not inconsistent with their legislative duties.
(e) Members of the commission may select representatives to attend commission activities if they are unable to attend.
(f) Nonlegislative members of the commission shall receive reimbursement for per diem and expenses while engaged in commission activities, upon appropriation by the Legislature. Legislative members of the commission shall not receive compensation.
(g) The commission shall have the following goals:
(1) Advise the Legislature, the Governor, and state agencies on policy recommendations to do all of the following:
(A) Promote intersocial education designed to foster mutual respect and understanding among California’s diverse population.
(B) Suggest and prescribe recommended training for state officials and staff to recognize and address dangerous acts of hate and intolerance.
(C) Advise on related matters periodically.
(2) (A) Notwithstanding Section 10231.5, report to the Legislature annually through the Joint Committee on Rules on the work of the commission beginning on July 1, 2023.
(B) A report submitted to the Legislature pursuant to this paragraph shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795.