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<!–:en–>CALIFORNIA PASSES LAW BANNING GENETIC DISCRIMINATION<!–:–><!–:ja–>遺伝子差別を禁止する法律を可決したカリフォルニア州<!–:–>

September 14, 2011

Discrimination in California based on an individual’s genetic information is prohibited in housing, employment, education, public accommodations, health and life insurance coverage, mortgage lending, and elections under a bill ( S.B. 559) signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown (D) Sept. 6.

The measure, introduced by Sen. Alex Padilla (D), takes effect Jan. 1, 2012. It goes further than the federal Genetic Information Discrimination Act enacted in 2008. The federal law prohibits discrimination in employment and health insurance coverage based on genetic information.

“This new law enhances the civil rights of every Californian,” Padilla said. “Ten years from now as more and
more Californians obtain their genetic information, they will look back and thank Governor Brown for protecting them from discrimination.”

The new law is joined to another anti-discrimination bill (A.B. 887) introduced by Assemblywoman Toni Atkins (D). Both bills must be signed by the governor to become law. The second bill would clarify the definition of gender under state civil rights and discrimination laws, and would prohibit discrimination in housing, education, and employment based on gender identity and gender expression. It won final approval from the Assembly Sept. 2 and is on the governor’s desk. He has until Oct. 10 to sign or veto A.B. 887. 09-13-2011. Bureau of National Affairs.