Tuesday, January 20, 2009

CA Democrats Fighting for LGBT Rights Through Legislation

California's Democrats are crafting legislation to continue to protect the LGBT community.

Assemblyman Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, is working on Assembly Bill 103, which would allow two people, including same-sex couples, who co-own a home to avoid having their property tax reassessed and raised when one dies.

Currently, whenever the owner of a home changes, state law mandates the home be reassessed to current market value, thus forcing the new owner to pay property taxes on this higher value.

In San Francisco, Sen. Mark Leno plans to re-introduce legislation that would designate each May 22 as Harvey Milk Day, a measure that was vetoed previously by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. This day would encourage schools to commemorate the life of the late gay-rights activist.

Leno and Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, also of San Francisco, are pushing identical resolutions that would set the grounds for the Legislature to oppose Proposition 8.

To make it official state policy, Senate Resolution 7 and House Resolution 5 needs to pass so that Proposition 8 would be acknowledged as an invalid revision to the California Constitution. Furthermore, this would make it mandatory that any future changes to the constitution that eliminates a fundamental right from a minority group must be passed by the Legislature before going to ballot.

Show your support by contacting the legislators.

Contact Assemblyman Kevin de Leon

Capitol Office:
State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0045
Tel: (916) 319-2045
Fax: (916) 319-2145

District Office:
360 West Avenue 26, Suite 121
Los Angeles, CA 90031
Tel: (323) 225-4545
Fax: (323)225-4500


Contact Sen. Mark Leno

Capitol Office
(916) 651-4003
State Capitol, Room 4061
Sacramento, CA 95814

San Rafael District Office
Marin Civic Center
3501 Civic Center Drive, Suite 425
San Rafael, CA 94903

San Francisco District Office
455 Golden Gate Avenue
Suite 14800


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