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The Buzz: Effort to overturn transgender law goes down to the wire

Effort to overturn transgender law still going

Proponents of a referendum to overturn a California law protecting transgender students are rushing to beat their signature-gathering deadline Sunday.

The group Privacy For All Students sent an email Friday morning estimating it has the minimum number of signatures to qualify the measure for the ballot but warning that organizers need tens of thousands more as a buffer against challenges.

If backers collect at least the requisite 504,760 signatures, county elections officials need to run a random sample to determine what percentage of them are valid. If the referendum is eventually qualified for the ballot, the law would be suspended until voters can weigh in.

Authored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, the law lets transgender students use school facilities and sign up for sports teams that match their gender identities. Supporters cast it as a needed protection for transgender students and a way to enshrine tolerance in the law.

Opponents have denounced the bill as a radical measure that puts students in an awkward position and undermines the will of parents.

Jeremy B. White

THE STATE WORKER

Assemblyman Henry T. Perea, D-Fresno, issued a letter Friday to the Employment Development Department that sets goals and deadlines for improving how California handles jobless claims. Among the improvements: better call-center access, more information in more languages on EDD’s website, and written explanations of problems instead of telling claimants to call EDD. Perea chairs the Assembly Insurance Committee, which heard Wednesday from unemployed residents and EDD staff.

Jon Ortiz

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