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The following article was posted on August 20th, 2013, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 14, Issue 24 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 14, Issue 24

Political Watch 8/22/13

Santa Maria Valley League of Women Voters will provide voter registration in the Santa Maria Public Library courtyard on Aug. 26—Women’s Equality Day—from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The library is at 421 S. McClelland St. On Sept. 24—National Voter Registration Day—the league will hold another voter registration day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the same location.

• Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed the School Success and Opportunity Act (Assembly Bill 1266)—the first state law in the country to protect transgender students’ access to programs and facilities based on their gender identity. The law will go into effect Jan. 1, 2014. Authored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), the law is intended as a clarification of existing California law, which bans discrimination against transgender students in public schools. Despite that existing law, some schools weren’t allowing transgender students to access programs and facilities. In one recent case, an Arcadia transgender student had to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education before winning a settlement from his school district. Policies to protect transgender students already exist in some California school districts. Los Angeles Unified School District, the state’s largest, has had a policy in effect for nearly a decade. Some other states have had statewide policies on transgender equity, but California’s will be the first law written into state codes. “This is terrific. The governor’s signature represents an important victory, not just for my bill, but for a whole movement for the rights of transgender people,” Ammiano said in a press release. “We had children testify in the Assembly and Senate that this law will mean they no longer must hide who they are, nor be treated as someone other than who they are.”