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SB-539 Public property: names: Confederate States of America.(2015-2016)

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Assembly:
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Bill Status
SB-539
Glazer (S)
Hall (S)
Alejo (A) , Baker (A) , Block (S) , Chu (A) , Cooper (A) , Gipson (A) , Gonzalez (A) , Hueso (S) , Huff (S) , Jones-Sawyer (A) , Lara (S) , Mendoza (S) , Weber (A) , Wieckowski (S) , Williams (A)
Public property: names: Confederate States of America.
03/29/15
An act to amend the heading of Chapter 2.9 (commencing with Section 8195) of Division 1 of Title 2 of, and to add Section 8197 to, the Government Code, relating to public property.
Senate
09/09/15
07/16/15

Type of Measure
Active Bill - In Floor Process
Majority Vote Required
Non-Appropriation
Fiscal Committee
State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Urgency
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
04/25/16 Last day to consider Governors veto pursuant to Joint Rule 58.5.
10/11/15 In Senate. Consideration of Governor's veto pending.
10/11/15 Vetoed by the Governor.
09/11/15 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 5 p.m.
09/08/15 Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 31. Noes 2. Page 2554.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Senate:

I am returning SB 539 without my signature.

This bill would prohibit the naming of any school, park, building or other public property after certain persons associated with the Confederate States of America.

Recently we saw a national movement to remove the confederate flag from State Capitols in the South - a long overdue action. This bill, however, strikes me as different and an issue quintessentially for local decision makers.

As far as we know, only two schools, and a street in Stockton would be affected by this law. Existing local processes provide for the naming or re-naming of public facilities, and in several cases local residents have voiced their opposition and have succeeded in re-naming schools and other public property.

Local governments are laboratories of democracy which, under most circumstances, are quite capable of deciding for themselves which of their buildings and parks should be named, and after whom.

Sincerely,



Edmund G. Brown Jr.