BILL NUMBER: AB 2444 CHAPTERED BILL TEXT CHAPTER 538 FILED WITH SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 25, 2014 APPROVED BY GOVERNOR SEPTEMBER 25, 2014 PASSED THE SENATE AUGUST 18, 2014 PASSED THE ASSEMBLY AUGUST 21, 2014 AMENDED IN SENATE JULY 1, 2014 AMENDED IN SENATE MAY 23, 2014 AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY APRIL 10, 2014 INTRODUCED BY Assembly Member Hall (Coauthors: Assembly Members Bloom, Bradford, Brown, Fox, Holden, Jones-Sawyer, Nestande, Ting, and Weber) (Coauthors: Senators Mitchell and Yee) FEBRUARY 21, 2014 An act to add Chapter 2.9 (commencing with Section 8195) to Division 1 of Title 2 of the Government Code, relating to the Confederate flag. LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST AB 2444, Hall. Confederate flag: sales: government property. Existing law regulates the sale of certain merchandise, including political items and sports memorabilia. This bill would prohibit the State of California from selling or displaying the Battle Flag of the Confederacy, or a similar image, or tangible personal property inscribed with those images, unless the image appears in a book, digital medium, or state museum that serves an educational or historical purpose. THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: SECTION 1. Chapter 2.9 (commencing with Section 8195) is added to Division 1 of Title 2 of the Government Code, to read: CHAPTER 2.9. CONFEDERATE FLAG 8195. (a) The State of California may not sell or display the Battle Flag of the Confederacy, also referred to as the Stars and Bars, or any similar image, or tangible personal property, inscribed with such an image unless the image appears in a book, digital medium, or state museum that serves an educational or historical purpose. (b) For purposes of this section, "sell" means to transfer title or possession, exchange, or barter, conditional or otherwise, in any manner or by any means whatsoever, for consideration. "Transfer possession" includes only transactions that would be found by the State Board of Equalization, for purposes of the Sales and Use Tax Law, to be in lieu of a transfer of title, exchange, or barter.