Legislation

Defense budget bill would roll back Obama's 2014 anti-discrimination order

Defense budget bill would roll back Obama's 2014 anti-discrimination order

President Obama threatens to veto defense budget bill if language permitting discrimination on basis of religion or sexual orientation remains.

 
 

Newly Amended SB 1146 Passes California Assembly

Yesterday the California Assembly passed SB 1146 (48 to 28 with 7 abstaining), sending the amended higher education anti-discrimination bill back to the Senate for a concurrence vote to take place before August 31.

 
 

SB 1146 Amended to Focus on Title IX Exempt Institutions

SB 1146 Amended to Focus on Title IX Exempt Institutions

The California legislature updated SB 1146 yesterday to focus on Title IX-exempt institutions. SB 1146 now includes disclosure and reporting requirements.

 
 

CALIFORNIA: Full assembly will likely vote on SB 1146 before August 31

CALIFORNIA: Full assembly will likely vote on SB 1146 before August 31

The California Assembly will likely vote on a controversial bill designed to pressure religious colleges and universities to abandon faith-based sexual behavior policies by the end of the month.

 
 

Key California Assembly Committee scheduled to hear SB 1146

Key California Assembly Committee scheduled to hear SB 1146

On August 3, 2016, the California Assembly Appropriations Committee is scheduled to consider a bill that religious groups fear would make it difficult for faith-based colleges and universities to operate in a manner consistent with their beliefs.

 
 

Analysis: Amended version of SB 1146 passes CA Assembly Judiciary

Analysis: Amended version of SB 1146 passes CA Assembly Judiciary

The latest version still faces constitutional hurdles as lawmakers seek to control morals policies of religion-based educational institutions.

 
 

Bill Would Limit Scope of Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Rep. Joseph Kennedy (D-Mass) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) have introduced HR 5272 to limit the scope of the Religious Freedom Act (RFRA) of 1993.

 
 

Federal bill introduced to prohibit religion-based denial of immigration

Federal bill introduced to prohibit religion-based denial of immigration

On May 12, Rep. Donald Beyer (D-Va) and 103 co-sponsors introduced legislation that would prohibit immigration authorities from refusing to admit aliens on the basis of religion or lack of religion.

 
 

California legislation seeks to prevent LGBT discrimination in higher education

California legislation seeks to prevent LGBT discrimination in higher education

The California legislature is considering two bills that would make it difficult for religious colleges and universities to discriminate on the basis of gender identity.

 
 

Abortion doctor testifies to Senate – "The difference was whether the baby was wanted or unwanted"

Abortion doctor testifies to Senate – "The difference was whether the baby was wanted or unwanted"

Doctor to U.S. Senate – "The only time I experienced any qualms about what I was doing was when I had my neonatal care rotation and I realized that I was trying to save babies in the NICU that were the same age as babies I was aborting, but I rationalized it, and was able to push the feelings to the back of my mind."