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AB-724 Intercountry adoption finalized in a foreign country.(2017-2018)

Bill Status
Choi (A)
Acosta (A) , Anderson (S) , Gallagher (A) , Patterson (A) , Voepel (A)
Intercountry adoption finalized in a foreign country.
An act to amend Section 8904 of, and to repeal and add Section 8919 of, the Family Code, relating to intercountry adoption.

Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Vetoed
Majority Vote Required
Fiscal Committee
Non-State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
09/29/18 Vetoed by Governor.
09/11/18 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4:30 p.m.
08/31/18 Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 79. Noes 0. Page 7123.).
08/31/18 Assembly Rule 63 suspended. (Page 7119.)
08/31/18 In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending.
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 724 without my signature.

This bill would establish a new re-adoption process for foreign-born adopted children and require parents to complete this process to have their children recognized by the state.

This measure is well-intentioned but goes too far because it requires a private adoption agency to proceed with the re-adoption process if the parents do not. I believe that parents who adopt foreign-born children can and will make their own decisions with respect to their child.


Edmund G. Brown Jr.