AB 5, as amended, Ammiano. Homelessness.
Existing law provides that no person in the state shall, on the basis of race, national origin, ethnic group identification, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, color, genetic information, or disability, be unlawfully denied full and equal access to the benefits of, or be unlawfully subjected to discrimination under, any program or activity that is conducted, operated, or administered by the state or by any state agency, is funded directly by the state, or receives any financial assistance from the state.
This bill would enact the Homeless Person’s Bill of Rights and Fairness Act, which would provide that no person’s rights, privileges, or access to public services may be denied or abridged because he or she is
begin delete homeless, has a low income, or suffers from a mental illness or physical disabilityend delete. begin delete The bill would provide that every person in the state, regardless of actual or perceived housing status, low income, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, or immigration status, shall be free from specified forms of discrimination and shall be entitled to certain basic human rights, including the right to be free from discrimination by law enforcement, in the workplace, and while seeking services.end delete The bill would provide that every person has the right
to begin delete access public property, possess personal property, access public restrooms, clean water, educational suppliesend delete, as specified, begin delete emergency and nonemergency health care,end delete confidentiality of begin delete medicalend delete records, assistance of legal counsel in specified proceedings, and restitution, under specified circumstances. The bill would provide immunity from employer begin delete retaliation,end delete to a public employee who provides assistance to a homeless person. The bill would require local law enforcement agencies to make specified information available to the public and report to the Attorney General on an annual basis with regard to enforcement of local ordinances against homeless persons and compliance with the act, as specified, thereby imposing a state-mandated local program. The bill would provide for judicial relief and impose civil penalties for a violation of the act.
This bill would require the State Department of Public Health to fund the provision of health and hygiene centers, as specified, for use by homeless persons in designated areas.
This bill would provide that its provisions address a matter of statewide concern. The bill would provide that its provisions are severable.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to these statutory provisions.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
This act shall be known and may be cited as the
2Homeless Person’s Bill of Rights and Fairness Act.
The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
2(a) In the State of California, there has been a long history of
3discriminatory laws and ordinances that have disproportionately
4affected people with low incomes and who are without homes,
5including, but not limited to, all of the following:
6(1) Jim Crow laws: After the Civil War, many states, especially
7in the south, passed laws denying African Americans basic human
8rights. In California, these laws also targeted Chinese immigrants.
9In San Francisco, Chinese residents were forced to live in one area
10of the city. The same segregation laws also prohibited interracial
11marriage between Chinese and non-Chinese persons.
12(2) Ugly laws: In 1867, San Francisco was the first city in the
13country to pass a law making it illegal for people with “unsightly
14or disgusting” disabilities to appear in public. In many cities, these
15laws persisted until the 1970s.
16(3) Anti-Okie laws: In 1937, California passed an Anti-Okie
17law that criminalized “bringing or assisting in bringing” extremely
18poor people into the state. The United States Supreme Court struck
19down the law in 1941, when it declared that these laws are in
20violation of the commerce clause, and therefore unconstitutional.
21(4) Sundown town ordinances: Town policies and real estate
22covenants were aimed at preventing minorities, homeless persons,
23and other persons considered to be socially undesirable from
24remaining within city limits after sunset. Thousands of these towns
25existed prior to the federal Civil Rights Act of 1968, which made
26these ordinances and covenants illegal.
27(5) Vagrancy laws: Vagrancy laws have been held to be
28discriminatory on their face because they criminalize a person’s
29status rather than a behavior. Nevertheless, these laws existed in
30California until the Legislature revised them in 1961.
31(b) Act of living ordinances, often known as “quality of life
32ordinances” and other similar ordinances, are the modern
33reincarnations of laws of this kind. They are designed to force
34homeless people to flee local jurisdictions. These local ordinances
35result in de facto segregation as homeless people are forced out of
36specific jurisdictions or out of specific neighborhoods within
37jurisdictions. These practices tend to condemn large groups of
38inhabitants to dwell in segregated districts or under depressed
39living conditions that result in crowded, unsanitary, substandard,
40and unhealthful accommodations. Furthermore, these policies
P4 1result in criminalization of homeless persons who do not choose,
2or are unable, to migrate.
3(c) Today, in the state, many people are denied the following:
4(1) Housing due to their status of being homeless, living in a
5shelter, a vehicle, the street, or the public domain.
6(2) Employment due to their current status of being homeless
7or living in a shelter or a vehicle on the street.
8(3) Housing and employment as a
result of not having a fixed
9or residential mailing address or having a post office box as a
11(4) Equal protection of the laws and due process by law
12enforcement and prosecuting agencies.
13(5) The ability to make certain purchases or enter certain contests
14as a result of not having a fixed or residential mailing address or
15having a post office box as a mailing address.
16(6) Access to safe, clean restrooms, water, and hygienic supplies
17necessary to maintain health, safety, and dignity, especially with
18the proliferation of closures of public restrooms.
19(d) Homeless persons are unfairly targeted by law enforcement,
20often resulting in the violation of homeless persons’ constitutional
21rights. Lacking the resources necessary to obtain adequate legal
22representation, homeless persons are often denied relief or damages
23through the courts.
24(e) Homeless persons rarely have access to shelters, and when
25shelter is available, its conditions can be so poor as to jeopardize
26their health and physical and mental safety.
27(f) Homeless persons are often forced to separate from loved
28ones, give up their personal property, abandon pets, and make
29other inhumane choices in order to access even minimal shelter.
30(g) Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender nonconforming,
31and queer individuals often are forced to accept inappropriate or
32unsafe accommodations to access publicly funded emergency
34(h) Children in homeless families are denied the
35continue receiving education in their preferred school if their
36family’s shelter lies outside the boundaries of their former district.
37(i) At the present time, many persons have been rendered
38homeless as a result of a deep and prolonged economic recession,
39a severe shortage of safe and affordable housing, a failed mental
40health system, and a shrinking social safety net.
P5 1(j) Section 1 of Article I of the California Constitution provides
2that “[a]ll people are by nature free and independent and have
3inalienable rights. Among these are enjoying and defending life
4and liberty, acquiring, possessing, and protecting property, and
5pursuing and obtaining safety, happiness, and privacy.”
6(k) Subdivision (a) of Section 7
of Article I of the California
7Constitution provides, in part, that “[a] person may not be deprived
8of life, liberty, or property without due process of law or denied
9equal protection of the laws... .”
10(l) Concordant with this fundamental belief, a person should
11not be subject to discrimination based on his or her housing status,
12income level, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation,
13gender identity, citizenship, or immigration status. Therefore, it is
14the intent of the Legislature in enacting this act to protect the rights
15of all Californians, regardless of their housing status, and to
16ameliorate the adverse effects of homelessness on our communities.
(a) It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation
39that would, except when otherwise not permitted by federal law,
P6 1ensure that everyone in the state has the right to all of the
3(1) Access to income sufficient for survival, regardless of
4employment status or criminal justice background, including, but
5not limited to, the right to receive funds through public welfare
6programs, private donations, collecting recyclable goods, or
7soliciting donations in public spaces.
8(2) Safe, decent, permanent, and affordable housing, as soon as
9possible, and the right to be free from further dislocation, unless
10and until safe, decent, permanent, and affordable housing is
12(3) Access to clean and safe facilities 24 hours a day, seven
13days a week, with clearly identifiable staff able to react to safety
14concerns, including, but not limited to, shelters and drop-in centers
15that meet basic health, hygiene, and dignity needs, including any
16special needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individuals,
17youths, families, or those with mental illness or physical
18disabilities. This includes the right of all individuals to secure
19shelter without being required to state their gender or to share
20confidential health information protected by the federal Health
21Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (Public Law
23(4) As a child enrolled in a publicly funded school, be provided
24by his or her school with the supplies necessary to promote
25academic success, including, but not limited to, backpacks,
26textbooks, notebooks, pencils, pens, and appropriate academic
28(5) Nonemergency health care and access to medical facilities
29that provide quality care for both physical and mental needs.
30(6) Access to emergency services, including, but not limited to,
31emergency rooms at hospitals, shelters, drop-in centers,
32rehabilitation centers, education, and special training, without the
33possibility of being denied based on race, color, sex, language,
34religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, sexual
35orientation, gender identity, mental or physical disability, income
36level, housing status, citizenship, or immigration status.
37(b) It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that
38would require all state agencies to use the same definition for
39“homeless persons or people” as follows: “Homeless” means those
40individuals or families who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate
P7 1nighttime residence or who have primary nighttime residence in
2a shelter, on the street, in a vehicle, in an enclosure or structure
3that is not authorized or fit for human habitation, substandard
4apartments, dwellings, doubled up temporarily with friends or
5families, or staying in transitional housing programs. “Homeless”
6also means any person residing anywhere without tenancy rights,
7and families with children staying in a residential hotel whether
8or not they have tenancy rights.
9(c) It is the intent of the Legislature that publicly funded social
10and health care services be offered in a sufficient quantity to meet
11the population’s needs, without barriers, including geographical
12barriers, such as making locations inconvenient or creating
13screen-out barriers, or prohibiting access due to a person’s inability
14to provide identification or criminal justice history, or disability,
15in order that persons are reasonably able to reach and use that
Part 2.2 (commencing with Section 53.1) is added to
19Division 1 of the Civil Code, to read:
For purposes of this part, the following definitions shall
25(a) “Access,” as applied to an existing facility, service, or public
26space means the ability and permission to enter and make use of
27the facility, service, or public space. Otherwise, “access” means
28the offering or availability of a facility or service.
30 “BID” means a business improvement district, as established
31under Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 36520) of Part 6 of
32Division 18 of, or Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 36620)
33of Part 7 of Division 18 of, the Streets and Highways Code, or any
34public-private partnership established under any municipal or
35county law authorized under Chapter 1 (commencing with Section
3636500) of Part 6 of Division 18 of, or Chapter 1 (commencing
37with Section 36600) of Part 7 of Division 18 of, the Streets and
38Highways Code, whether or not the phrase “business improvement
39district” is part of the public-private partnership’s name.
P8 1 “BID agent” means any person hired by a BID
begin delete or any other .
2public-private partnership similar to a business improvement
4(d) “Damages” means, but is not limited to, losses.end delete
6 “Harassment” means
begin delete any behavior
is meant to intimidate
7or otherwise persuade an individual to alter his or her behavior,
8whether or not otherwise lawful.end delete
14 “Homeless persons” or “homeless people” means those
15individuals or families
begin delete lackingend delete
16 a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, or
begin delete havingend delete a primary nighttime residence in a shelter, on the street, in a
18vehicle, in an enclosure or structure that is not authorized or fit for
begin delete habitation, in a substandard apartment, dwelling, staying residing
20temporarily with friends or families, or staying in transitional
21housing programs or end delete
23anywhere without tenancy rights, and families with children staying
24in a residential hotel whether or not they have tenancy rights.
25(g) “Housing status” means the status of having or not having
26a fixed or regular residence, including the status of living outdoors,
27in a vehicle, or in a homeless shelter, or similar temporary
28residence or elsewhere in the public domain.
29(h) “Lack of permanent mailing address” means the absence of
30an address fixed to a permanent home, and may include, but is not
31limited to, post office boxes, addresses of friends or family
32members, and shelter addresses.
33(i) “Lawful representative” means any person who has been
34asked to advocate on behalf of a person or any class that a person
35identifies with, including, but not limited to, a homeless person’s
36 retained attorney, a nonprofit organization that advocates on behalf
37of homeless persons, or a prosecuting attorney upon the request
38of a homeless person.
P9 1(j) “Losses” means, but is not limited to, any deprivation of
2constitutionally held rights as well as the loss of property or
3physical and mental wellbeing.
4(k) “Low income” is defined as income at or lower than twice
5the federal poverty level as established by the poverty guidelines
6updated periodically in the Federal Register by the United States
7Department of Health and Human Services under the authority of
8Section 9902(2) of Title 42 of the United States Code.
9(l) “Public service” means any program or activity that is
10conducted, operated, or administered by the state, any state agency,
11or local government agency, is funded directly by the state or any
12local government, or received any financial assistance from the
13state or any local government.
15 “Public space” means any
begin delete spaceend delete that is
begin delete predominantly within the public domain orend delete that is held open to the public, including, but not
19limited to, plazas, courtyards, parking lots, sidewalks, public
20transportation, public buildings and parks. “Public space”
begin delete may
21also refer to those places that receive additional services through
22 BIDs or other, similar public-private partnerships.end delete
25 “Rest” means the state of not moving, holding certain
26postures that include, but are not limited to, sitting, standing,
27leaning, kneeling, squatting, sleeping, or lying.
29 “Soliciting donations” means asking for
30 money, which includes panhandling.
35 person in the
begin delete state, regardless of actual or perceived housing status, shall have
36low income, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, or
37immigration status,end delete
begin delete the right toend delete
all of the following
38basic human rights and legal and civil protections, except when
39prohibited by federal law:
P10 1(1) The right to move freely in the same manner as any other
2person in public
begin delete spaces, including, but not limited to, plazas, by law
3parking lots, public sidewalks, public parks, public transportation,
4public streets, and public buildings, in the same manner as any
5other person, and without discriminationend delete
7enforcement, public or private security personnel, or BID agents
9(2) The right to rest
begin delete and sleepend delete in public begin delete spacesend delete without being subject to criminal
11or civil sanctions, harassment, or arrest by law enforcement, public
12or private security personnel, or BID agents, as long as
begin delete suchend delete rest does not maliciously or
14substantially obstruct a passageway.
15(3) The right to set down or leave at rest personal property in
16public spaces without being subject to criminal or civil sanctions,
17harassment, or arrest by law enforcement, public or private security
18personnel, or BID agents, as long as that personal property does
19not maliciously or substantially obstruct a passageway, or the
20possession or placement of that personal property does not deny
21another of the right to property. This includes the right to restitution
22for loss of property or personal effects and belongings if the
23property or personal effects are confiscated, removed, damaged,
24or destroyed by law enforcement, public or private security
25personnel, or BID agents in violation of this paragraph or any other
26protections of property provided under state or federal law.
right to share, accept, or give food in public
29spaces without being
30subject to criminal or civil sanctions, harassment, or arrest by law
31enforcement, public or private security personnel, or BID agents
38(5) The right to the same protections that law enforcement
begin delete to the general publicend delete, including,
P11 1but not limited to, the right to reasonable protection from assault,
2domestic violence, sexual assault, or robberies.
3(6) The right to
begin delete sleep, sit, lie down, stand, eat, solicit donations,
in a public
4or share food in a public place or in a vehicleend delete
begin delete placeend delete
5, without being subject to criminal or civil sanctions or arrest by law enforcement, public or private security
7personnel, or BID agents, except that law enforcement may enforce
8existing local laws if all of the following are true: (1) the person’s
9county of residence maintains 12 months per year of nonmedical
10assistance provided for in Section 17000 of the Welfare and
11Institutions Code for employable, able-bodied adults without
12dependents who are compliant with program rules established by
13the county, including work requirements; (2) the locality is not a
14geographical area identified by the United States Department of
15Labor in accordance with Subpart A of Part 654 of Section 20 of
16the Code of Federal Regulations as an area of concentrated
17 unemployment or underemployment or an area of labor surplus;
18and (3) the public housing waiting list maintained by the county
19contains fewer than 50 persons.
20(7) The right to
begin delete be self-employedend delete,
22including, but not limited to, the right to seek self-employment in
23junk removal and recycling that requires the collection, possession,
24redemption, and storage of goods for reuse and recycling, without
25being subject to criminal or civil sanctions, harassment, or arrest
26by law enforcement, public or private security personnel, or BID
28(8) The right to pray, meditate, or practice religion in public
29spaces, without being
30subject to criminal or civil sanctions, harassment, or arrest by law
31enforcement, public or private security personnel, or BID agents
33(9) The right to decline admittance to a public or private shelter
34or any other accommodation, including social services programs,
35for any reason he or she sees fit, without
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36 criminal or civil sanctions, harassment, or
begin delete arrest, or threats of these from law enforcement, public or private security
38personnel, or BID agents.
39(10) The right to occupy a motor vehicle, as defined in Section
40415 of the Vehicle Code, or recreational vehicle, as defined in
P12 1Section 18010 of the Health and Safety Code, either to rest, sleep,
2or use for the purposes of shelter, provided that the vehicle is
3legally parked on public property, without
begin delete facingend delete
4 criminal or civil sanctions, harassment, or
begin delete arrest, or
threats of these
6personnel, or BID agents.
7(11) If the person is a child or youth, the right to state
8enforcement of the educational protections under the federal
9McKinney-Vento Act (42 U.S.C. Sec. 11432), particularly with
10regard to Sections 11432(e)(3)(C)(ii)(I) and 11432(e)(3)(C)(ii)(II)
11of Title 42 of the United States Code, which provide that a school
12shall provide assistance to the parent or guardian of each homeless
13child or youth (or, in the case of an unaccompanied youth, the
14youth) to exercise the right to attend the parent’s or guardian’s (or
15youth’s) choice of school, and a school shall coordinate with the
16local educational agency with jurisdiction for the school selected
17by the parent or guardian (or youth), to provide transportation and
18other necessary services.
20 The right to
begin delete be protected from disclosureend delete
21 of his or her records and information
begin delete fromend delete homeless shelters,
22medical centers, schools, or any other
23 service provider to law enforcement agencies
begin delete without appropriate .
24legal authority, and the right to confidentiality of personal records
25and information in accordance with all limitations on disclosure
26established by the federal Homeless Management Information
27Systems, the federal Health Insurance Portability and
28Accountability Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-191), and the federal
29Violence Against Women Act (Public Law 103-322)end delete
36(13) The right to confidentiality of personal records regarding
37housing status, income level, mental illness, physical disability,
38sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, or immigration
39status, and to protection from disclosure of the information and
40records to landlords and employers.
P13 1(14)end delete
begin deleteIf end deletea county
3chooses to initiate judicial proceedings
begin delete subject to Section 40508
4of the Vehicle Code, Section 853.6, 853.7, or 853.8 of the Penal
5Code, or any similar law authorizing arrest for failure to appear
6or pay bail of the amount listed on the notice to appear, the
7defendant shall be guaranteed the right to assistance of counselend delete
8. The accused shall be
9advised of this right to counsel before entering a plea, and any
10waiver of this right shall be explicit. If the district attorney’s office
11or its agent is representing the state in any part of an infraction
12proceeding, the accused shall have the right to assistance of counsel
13with regard to that infraction.
14(B) The county where the citation was issued shall pay the cost
15of providing counsel under this
begin delete sectionend delete.
16(C) A county shall not use penalties under Section 1214.1 of
17the Penal Code or any other civil assessment scheme in the
18prosecution of municipal infractions unless the defendant was the
19driver of a vehicle.
20(15) The right to assistance of counsel in any civil or criminal
21proceeding that may result in commitment to a public health
23(16) The right to be free from arbitrary arrest, detention, or
24deportation, handed over to another law enforcement agency, or
25deported, without guarantees necessary for his or her timely
begin delete sectionend delete shall not be construed to eliminate
29any protection or right to representation available under Sections
305365 and 6500 of the Welfare and Institutions Code.
(a) A public employee shall not be retaliated against by
33his or her employer, for offering public resources to a
34homeless person in order to protect that person from harm,
35including, but not limited to,
begin delete forend delete offering or providing food,
36blankets, first-aid supplies, or water.
37(b) Any person or organization
begin delete or waterend delete offering food
38 in public
begin deletespacesend delete to any person begin delete pursuant to this shall not be subject to criminal or civil sanctions, arrest, or
P14 1harassment by law enforcement, public or private security
2personnel, or BID agents.
(a) Every local government and disadvantaged
4unincorporated community within the state shall have sufficient
5health and hygiene centers available 24 hours a day, seven days a
6week, for use by homeless people. These facilities may be part of
7the Neighborhood Health Center Program.
8(b) For purposes of subdivision (a), the health and hygiene
9centers shall be funded by the State Department of Public Health
10through those county agencies that oversee public health programs,
11and, at a minimum, shall contain public bathroom and shower
13(c) The State Department of Public Health shall distribute
14bulletins and notices identifying the facilities to be used as health
15and hygiene centers.
16(d) For purposes of this section, “disadvantaged unincorporated
begin delete means a fringe, island, or legacy community in which .
18the median household income is 80 percent less than the statewide
19median household incomeend delete
(a) To ensure equitable and cost-effective enforcement
22of the Homeless Person’s Bill of Rights and Fairness Act (Ch.____,
23Stats. 2013), every local law enforcement agency shall annually
24compile and review the number of citations, arrests, and other
25enforcement activities made pursuant to laws prohibiting the
27(1) Obstructing a sidewalk, whether by a person or personal
31(4) Lying down.
33(6) Public lodging, including the prohibition specified in
34subdivision (e) of Section 647 of the Penal Code.
35(7) Sleeping in a public place.
36(8) Soliciting donations.
37(9) Soliciting donations at certain restricted locations, including
38citing people for panhandling under Section 22520.5 of the Vehicle
40(10) Bathing in public places.
P15 1(11) Sharing or receiving food.
2(12) Inhabiting or sleeping in a vehicle.
3(13) Violating public park closure laws.
4(14) Crossing streets or highways at particular locations,
5including subdivisions (c) and (d) of Section 21451 of, subdivision
6(d) of Section 21453 of, subdivision (b) of Section 21456 of,
7Section 21461.5 of, subdivision (b) of Section 21950 of, Section
821954 of, Section 21955 of, and subdivision (a) of Section 21956
9of, the Vehicle Code.
10(15) Trespassing, unless the trespassing charge is coupled with
11any misdemeanor or felony, except those misdemeanors that are
12included in Section 372 of, and subdivisions (h) to (j), inclusive,
13and subdivisions (l) and (m), of Section 602 of, the Penal Code.
18 Any other local or state law enforced against homeless
19persons and identified by the Attorney General’s office, a city
begin delete office, or any nonprofit organization whose work or .
21mission includes assistance to research about, or advocate for, poor
22and homeless peopleend delete
23(b) A local law enforcement agency shall make this information
24publicly available under the terms set forth in the California Public
25Records Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 6250) of
26Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code).
27(c) A local law enforcement agency shall report the information
28specified in this section to the Attorney General’s office on an
(a) Any person whose rights have been violated under
31this part may enforce those rights
begin delete and he or she, or his or her lawful .
32representative, may file a motion for relief in any trial or appellate
33court with jurisdiction over the case as a matter of right. The court
34shall act promptly on any motion for relief under this partend delete
begin deleteAny civil action alleging a violation of this part may be The
court may award
37brought against any person, entity, public entity, or public
38employee. end delete
begin delete punitive damages, if applicable,end delete
39 appropriate injunctive and declaratory relief, actual damages,
P16 1compensatory damages,
begin delete general damages, special damages,end delete
2 exemplary damages, statutory damages of one thousand dollars
3($1,000) per violation,
begin delete if applicable,end delete and reasonable attorneys’ fees
4and costs to a prevailing plaintiff.
Section 11135 of the
Government Code is amended
(a) No person in the State of California shall, on the
9basis of race, national origin, ethnic group identification, religion,
10age, sex, sexual orientation, color, housing status, genetic
11information, or disability, be unlawfully denied full and equal
12access to the benefits of, or be unlawfully subjected to
13discrimination under, any program or activity that is conducted,
14operated, or administered by the state or by any state agency, is
15funded directly by the state, or receives any financial assistance
16from the state. Notwithstanding Section 11000, this section applies
17to the California State University.
18(b) With respect to discrimination on the basis of disability,
19programs and activities subject to subdivision (a) shall meet the
20protections and prohibitions contained in Section 202 of the federal
21Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. Sec. 12132),
22and the federal rules and regulations adopted in implementation
23thereof, except that if the laws of this state prescribe stronger
24protections and prohibitions, the programs and activities subject
25to subdivision (a) shall be subject to the stronger protections and
27(c) (1) As used in this section, “disability” means any mental
28or physical disability, as defined in Section 12926.
29(2) The Legislature finds and declares that the amendments
30made to this act are declarative of existing law. The Legislature
31further finds and declares that in enacting Senate Bill 105 of the
322001-02 Regular Session (Chapter 1102 of the Statutes of 2002),
33it was the intention of the Legislature to apply subdivision (d) to
34the California State University in the same manner that
35subdivisions (a), (b), and (c) already applied to the California State
36University, notwithstanding Section 11000. In clarifying that the
37California State University is subject to paragraph (2) of
38subdivision (d), it is not the intention of the Legislature to increase
39the cost of developing or procuring electronic and information
40technology. The California State University shall, however, in
P17 1determining the cost of developing or procuring electronic or
2information technology, consider whether technology that meets
3the standards applicable pursuant to paragraph (2) of subdivision
4(d) will reduce the long-term cost incurred by the California State
5University in providing access or accommodations to future users
6of this technology who are persons with disabilities, as required
7by existing law, including this section, Title II of the federal
8Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. Sec. 12101
9 et seq.), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29
10U.S.C. Sec. 794).
11(d) (1) The Legislature finds and declares that the ability to
12utilize electronic or information technology is often an essential
13function for successful employment in the current work world.
14(2) In order to improve accessibility of existing technology, and
15therefore increase the successful employment of individuals with
16disabilities, particularly blind and visually impaired and deaf and
17hard-of-hearing persons, state governmental entities, in developing,
18procuring, maintaining, or using electronic or information
19technology, either indirectly or through the use of state funds by
20other entities, shall comply with the accessibility requirements of
21Section 508 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended
22(29 U.S.C. Sec. 794d), and regulations implementing that act as
23set forth in Part 1194 of Title 36 of the Federal Code of
25(3) Any entity that contracts with a state or local entity subject
26to this section for the provision of electronic or information
27technology or for the provision of related services shall agree to
28respond to, and resolve any complaint regarding accessibility of
29its products or services that is brought to the attention of the entity.
30(e) As used in this section, “sex” and “sexual orientation” have
31the same meanings as those terms are defined in subdivisions (q)
32and (r) of Section 12926.
33(f) As used in this section, “race, national origin, ethnic
34identification, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, color, or
35disability” includes a perception that a person has any of those
36characteristics or that the person is associated with a person who
37has, or is perceived to have, any of those characteristics.
38(g) As used in this section, “genetic information” has the same
39definition as in paragraph (2) of subdivision (e) of Section 51 of
40the Civil Code.
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Section 53.1 of the Civil
The Legislature finds and declares that the need to
7address discriminatory practices is a matter of statewide concern
8and is not a municipal affair, as that term is used in Section 5 of
9Article XI of the California Constitution. Therefore, this act shall
10apply to all cities, including charter cities.
The provisions of this act are severable. If any
13provision of this act or its application is held invalid, that invalidity
14shall not affect other provisions or applications that can be given
15effect without the invalid provision or application.
If the Commission on State Mandates determines that
18this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to
19local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made
20pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division
214 of Title 2 of the Government Code.