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AB 1266 Update

AB 1266 was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on August 12, 2013.  This bill requires California schools to allow students to participate in sex-segregated activities and/or use sex-segregated facilities consistent with the student’s self-professed gender.

Following AB 1266’s enactment, a referendum was circulated throughout California’s 58 counties.  The referendum would require the November 2014 electorate to vote on a repeal of the bill.  In total, 619,244 signatures were gathered in support of the referendum; 504,760 valid signatures must be obtained for the matter to be placed on the November 4, 2014 ballot.

On January 8, 2014, state election officials announced that, based on a random sampling of signatures, proponents of the referendum failed to obtain 504,760 or more valid signatures.  Referendum supporters did, however, obtain enough valid signatures to trigger a full count and validation of acquired signatures by state election officials.  If, upon a full count and validation of signatures, state election officials determine that 504,760 or more valid signatures were obtained in support of the referendum, the matter will be placed on the November 4, 2014 ballot.

It is important to note that during the full count and validation process, AB 1266 will remain valid law.  Districts should continue their implementation of AB 1266 until the referendum is approved for placement on the November 4, 2014 ballot.

If you have specific questions about the referendum to repeal AB 1266, or AB 1266 in general, please contact our office.

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