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AB-233 Pupils: right to wear religious, ceremonial, or cultural adornments at school graduation ceremonies.(2017-2018)

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Assembly:1stCmt2ndCmt2nd3rdPassPassVeto
Bill Status
AB-233
Gloria (A)
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Pupils: right to wear religious, ceremonial, or cultural adornments at school graduation ceremonies.
02/26/17
An act to add Section 35183.1 to the Education Code, relating to pupils.
Assembly
09/08/17
08/28/17

Type of Measure
Active Bill - In Desk Process
Majority Vote Required
Non-Appropriation
Non-Fiscal Committee
Non-State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Urgency
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
01/12/18 Stricken from file.
01/03/18 Consideration of Governor's veto pending.
10/15/17 Vetoed by Governor.
09/13/17 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
09/07/17 Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 73. Noes 1. Page 3015.).
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 233 without my signature.

This bill provides that a student has the right to wear specific adornments at school graduation ceremonies.

Students in California have a well-established right to express their views through symbolic acts under the state Education Code and the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment. See Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School Dist. (1969) 393 U.S. 503, 506. Under these precedents, student expression is clearly protected.

To the extent that there is a dispute about what a student can wear at school graduation ceremonies, I believe those closest to the problem -- principals and democratically elected school boards -- are in the best position to make wise judgments.

Sincerely,



Edmund G. Brown Jr.