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          ASSEMBLY THIRD READING
          AB 2199 (Bonnie Lowenthal)
          As Amended  February 14, 2010
          Majority vote 

           PUBLIC SAFETY       4-0         APPROPRIATIONS      17-0        
           
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          |Ayes:|Ammiano, Beall, Hill,     |Ayes:|Fuentes, Conway, Ammiano, |
          |     |Skinner                   |     |Bradford, Charles         |
          |     |                          |     |Calderon, Coto, Davis,    |
          |     |                          |     |Nava, Hall, Harkey,       |
          |     |                          |     |Miller, Nielsen, Norby,   |
          |     |                          |     |Skinner, Solorio,         |
          |     |                          |     |Torlakson, Torrico        |
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           SUMMARY  :   Repeals a provision of law requiring the Department  
          of Mental Health (DMH), acting through the superintendent of the  
          Langly Porter Clinic, to plan, conduct, and cause to be  
          conducted scientific research into the causes and cures of  
          sexual deviation, including deviations conducive to sex crimes  
          against children, and the causes and cures of homosexuality, and  
          into methods of identifying potential sex offenders.

           EXISTING LAW  states that DMH, acting through the superintendent  
          of the Langley Porter Clinic, shall plan, conduct, and cause to  
          be conducted scientific research into the causes and cures of  
          sexual deviation, including deviations conducive to sex crimes  
          against children, and the causes and cures of homosexuality, and  
          into methods of identifying potential sex offenders.  

           FISCAL EFFECT  :  According to the Assembly Appropriations  
          Committee, negligible savings to DMH, which does not currently  
          conduct research into the causes and cures of homosexuality. 

           COMMENTS  :  According to the author, "Our codes are constantly  
          updated, and the fact that this language has survived this long  
          is pretty amazing. The closest analogy to this code are race  
          restrictions on property deeds. It is not enough that we do not  
          enforce them, we need to blot them out to make it clear that  
          we're moving forward as a society, not backward.  The code  
          section this bill seeks to repeal not only reflects misguided  
          and out-of-date science, it enshrines bigotry and false  








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          stereotypes in law." 

          Please see the policy committee for a full discussion of this  
          bill.
           

          Analysis Prepared by  :    Gabriel Caswell / PUB. S. / (916)  
          319-3744 

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