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                    Appropriations Committee Fiscal Summary
          
                                           2900 (Laird)
          
          Hearing Date:  8/4/2004         Amended: 4/1/2004
          Consultant:  Nora Lynn          Policy Vote: Judiciary 4-2
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          BILL SUMMARY: 
          
          AB 2900 changes employment antidiscrimination provisions in  
          various codes to conform with the Fair Employment and  
          Housing Act (FEHA) and to prohibit discrimination on the  
          same bases as those found in FEHA.
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                          Fiscal Impact (in thousands)

           Major Provisions             2004-05             2005-06          
               2006-07            Fund

           Enforcement       Unknown costs, likely less        Various
                            than $150 annually

          Misdemeanor       Unknown, likely minor costs,      Local
               expansion    offset by fine revenues
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          STAFF COMMENTS:  
          
          Current law contains various prohibitions against  
          discrimination in the workplace, including on the bases of  
          race, color, sex, religion and marital status. AB 2900  
          amends sections of the Education, Government, Labor,  
          Military and Veterans, Public Utilities, Unemployment  
          Insurance and Welfare and Institutions codes containing  
          these prohibitions to instead prohibit discrimination on  
          the same bases as found in FEHA - race, religious creed,  
          color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability,  
          mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex,  
          age and sexual orientation.

          Costs to various state agencies for enforcement of the  
          expanded provisions is unknown, but likely less than  
          $150,000 annually. Costs to local law enforcement agencies  










          resulting from the expansion of a misdemeanor would be  
          minor and offset by fine revenues.