Also impacting many people are bills Brown signed that make it easier for the unemployed to seek a job - including AB 22, a bill that prevents prospective employers from checking an applicant's credit record - which often goes out of whack during long periods of unemployment.
In addition to signing EQCA-sponsored AB 620, an education bill by Assemblymember Marty Block (D- San Diego), and Seth's Law (AB 9 by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) , Brown also signed the AB 1156 anti-bullying bill by Assemblymember Mike Eng (D-Monterey Park) who notes in this video that he, too, was bullied:
In alignment with his reputation to sometimes flaunt conventional thinking, Brown also signed two bills - SB 41 by Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) and AB 604 by Assem blymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) that support and expand needle exchange programs. Brown's signing message is here.
Governor Brown just signed two important transgender rights bills into law. The first, the Gender Nondiscrimination Act, brings transgender rights out of the closet in California - making "gender identity and expression" its own protected category at work, at school, in housing, at public accommodations and in other settings. The second, the Vital Statistics Modernization Act, makes it easier for transgender people to get a court-ordered gender change and updated birth certificate. It's a big day for transgender folks in California!