One of the most controversial bills of the session was a bill that a parental rights group asked me to put through in their behalf, AB375. This bill revised certain provisions concerning public schools–(BDR 34-806); Co-ed bathroom hearing. It missed passing by just 2 votes. I worked tirelessly to get this important bill passed, because I think it outlined a common sense approach to protecting gender privacy for children in our public schools. Unfortunately, the outcry from its opponents must have scared the pants off a few legislators, who changed their minds after initially supporting the bill.
Doing the right thing can have its price in the media coverage, for sure. But it’s you, my constituents, who I’m accountable to, not the media, and I received over 2,000 emails in support of AB375.
While we’re disappointed that this bill did not pass, I’m grateful to the hundreds of parents who supported this bill and for the supporters who appeared in the building. Their support has raised a tremendous amount of parental awareness regarding this issue.
To hear first-hand what went on in Chambers, please click on the link for April 10, 2015 Assembly Judiciary Committee. In the video, our bill was heard first. Click here to view the video of the testimony regarding AB375.
The video is long; you might need a potty break!
I supported AB 405, sponsored by Assembly Speaker John Hambrick (R-Las Vegas). AB405 requires physicians to notify parents or guardians of a minor in writing prior to providing abortion care. The physician would have to wait an additional 48 hours after sending notification before performing the abortion. Read more here.