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Ballot Initiatives - Pending

Limits on Use of Facilities in Government Buildings and Businesses

Type & Purpose of Ballot Measure: Would add a statue to prohibit individuals from using facilities in government buildings except in accordance with their sex as determined at birth, through medical examination, or court judgment recognizing a change of gender.
Date: 23 June 2015
Proposed/Sponsored by: Privacy for All (The same group that previously unsuccessfully attempted to overturn AB 1266. The group is backed by the Sacramento-based Pacific Justice Institute, a right-wing legal organization.)

Summary (Info provided by Equality California):

  • This is a bathroom policing initiative targeting transgender and non-gender conforming people, which would prohibit transgender people from using facilities in government buildings and require the government to monitor bathroom use. 
  • The law would also allow anyone offended by the presence of an individual in a restroom to sue that person for a $4,000 in damages, as well as attorney’s fees.
  • Government analysts say the measure could cost California millions of dollars every year in legal expenses and lost federal funding.
  • The initiative also includes language authorizing businesses to exclude individuals from facilities for not looking masculine or feminine enough, and preventing individuals from bringing legal action to enforce discrimination laws. The provision in effect could lead to exclusion based on gender altogether from facilities in those establishments with no legal recourse.
Sodomite Suppression Act

Type & Purpose of Ballot Measure: To add a section to the California Penal code which would re-criminalize sodomy and make it punishable by death.
Date: 2 March 2015
Proposed/Sponsored By: Matt McLaughlin