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27 March 2015, Equality California Announces 2015 Legislative Package that Advances Expanded Mission - Equality California (EQCA) Press Release

8 June 2015, LGBT bills advance in CA Statehouse - By Matthew S. Bajko, the Bay Area Reporter (BAR) Online EXTRA: Political Notes

AB 1212 - Student Freedom of Association Act

Date Introduced: 27 February 2015
Author/Sponsor: Assembly Member Grove


  • This bill is one of a number introduced in 5 states that would prohibit public institutions of higher education from denying funding or the benefits of official recognition to any religious student group based on the group’s requirement that its leaders or members adhere to its religious beliefs, even when that means the group discriminates in violation of university policy. (The bills in the other 4 states have all died.)
  • This bill would require, as a condition of receiving state funds for student financial assistance, the governing board of each community college district, the Trustees of the California State University, and the Board of Regents of the University of California to adopt a policy prohibiting their respective campuses from discriminating against a student organization, as specified, for imposing certain requirements on its leaders or voting members. The bill would authorize a student or a student organization aggrieved by a violation of these provisions to commence a civil action to obtain appropriate injunctive and declaratory relief as determined by a court. The bill would also authorize a court to award attorney’s fees to a prevailing plaintiff in a civil action pursuant to these provisions.
  • 17 June 2015, this bill remains pending in committee before the Assembly.