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The following article was posted on April 19th, 2016, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 17, Issue 7 [ Submit a Story ]
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Political Watch 4/21/16

Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) was awarded the Environmental Hero Award from the Community Environmental Council on April 16 at Alameda Park, for her commitment to advancing legislation to protect the environment and limit the adverse effects of climate change. 

“It’s truly an honor to be recognized by my friends and neighbors with the Environmental Hero Award,” Capps said in a press release. “I have cherished the many partnerships we have forged over the years to protect the environment. Living on the Central Coast, we know how important it is to protect the environment. Earth Day is an amazing opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to protecting and conserving our planet and addressing the very real threats of climate change. It may sound cliché, but we know that one day a year is not enough—every day must be Earth Day. And here in Santa Barbara, we certainly take that motto to heart.” 

• A bill by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to modernize language in more than a dozen sections of California law to reflect the fact that same-sex couples can now marry, passed off the Senate floor on a bipartisan vote April 14. The vote was 34-2.

Senate Bill 1005 changes various code sections in California law mentioning a “husband” and “wife” to the gender-neutral term “spouse” to reflect the fact that same-sex couples can now legally marry in California. It also recognizes the rights of same-sex couples in registered domestic partnerships, by amending code sections that reference “spouses” to include registered domestic partners.

“By removing outdated language from the state code, the law will now accurately reflect the rights of registered domestic partners and married couples in California,” Jackson said in a press release. “This helps ensure the equal and fair treatment of all couples in California.”

“Marriage equality has been California law since 2013, but that reality has not reached all parts of California code that affect same-sex married couples and families, or those in domestic partnerships,” Rick Zbur, executive director of Equality California, said in the release. “This bill simply requires that California statutes uniformly reflect and respect the fact that marriage equality is the law of the land.”

SB 1005 is a continuation of the work done two years ago by Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco). Leno’s SB 1306 updated the family code by changing the gender-specific terms “husband” and “wife” to “spouse.”

The bill now heads to the state Assembly.









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