24. August 2011 00:37
California Senate Bill 559, a landmark civil rights protection bill authored by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) was approved with strong bipartisan support by the State Senate yesterday by a vote of 24-10. This follows passage by the California State Assembly in a similar bipartisan fashion just a few days ago. The bill protects Californians by prohibiting discrimination based on genetic information in areas not currently covered by existing legislation from housing and education to public accommodations and elections.
The Council for Responsible Genetics, an original supporter of the legislation, applauded the California State Senate. "Californians will no longer have to worry about being discriminated against on the basis of their genetic information in a variety of contexts unforeseen just a short time ago, and with this assurance, the promise of genetic testing and disease management and prevention can be realized more fully,” remarked CRG President Jeremy Gruber. “We applaud Senator Padilla and our champions in the California legislature who have worked tirelessly to pass this important legislation and once again demonstrated California’s role as a national leader in addressing the social and ethical implications of new technologies and biotechnologies in particular. We call on Governor Jerry Brown to swiftly sign this important new legislation into law.”
The legislation now will now move on to the Governor’s office for consideration.
Since 1983, the Council for Responsible Genetics has represented the public interest and fostered public debate about the social, ethical and environmental implications of genetic technologies. CRG is a leader in the movement to steer biotechnology toward the advancement of public health, environmental protection, equal justice, and respect for human rights.