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Full Signature Count Ordered For Transgender Rights Referendum

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Sacramento, CA – California Secretary of State Debra Bowen has announced the referendum on the so-called “Transgender Bathroom Bill” must undergo a full count of signatures to determine if the repeal measure qualifies for the November 4 ballot. That lengthy process must be completed on or before Monday, February 24.

Information from Bowen’s office shows that county election officials determined the random count of the referendum’s signatures did not have sufficient numbers to qualify outright for the ballot.

California law requires 504,760 valid signatures of registered voters must be collected to qualify the measure.  The group hoping to repeal the law indicated they turned in 620,000, but the sample count showed the repeal was about 3,000 signatures shy of the threshold to qualify for the ballot.

THE BILL

A.B. 1266 – PUPIL RIGHTS: Sex-Segregated School Programs And Activities -  (D-Tom Ammiano-San Francisco/17) – The so-called “California Transgender Bathroom Bill” allows transgender students in public elementary and secondary schools to choose which restrooms they use and whether they participate in boy or girl sports.  Mandates all California public schools to permit biological boys in girls’ restrooms and showers, along with biological girls in boys’ restrooms and showers.

The bill went into effect January 1.

COUNTER CAMPAIGN

A counter campaign was recently launched by Support All Students and that group argues that similar policies for transgender students have been in place in several districts around the state.

On Monday, August 12, when Governor Jerry Brown signed A.B. 1266, he reported that the state’s largest school district, Los Angeles Unified, has had such a policy for nearly a decade and reported no problems. San Francisco schools also have such policies, and numerous other districts signed on in support of the legislation.

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