BILL ANALYSIS Appropriations Committee Fiscal Summary 2900 (Laird) Hearing Date: 8/4/2004 Amended: 4/1/2004 Consultant: Nora Lynn Policy Vote: Judiciary 4-2 ____________________________________________________________ ___ 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. ____________________________________________________________ ___ 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 ____________________________________________________________ ___ 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.