Governor Brown signs law prohibiting state participation in registries targeting Muslims
Sacramento, Calif., (October 15, 2017) – The California Endowment commends Governor Jerry Brown for signing and Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) for authoring Senate Bill 31, which prohibits state and local agencies or public employees from providing information regarding a person’s religious beliefs, practices, or affiliation to the federal government. The law will protect Californians whose information might be sought by the federal government for the creation of a database based on religion, national origin, or ethnicity for the purposes of law enforcement or immigration.
“I thank Governor Brown and California’s legislators for continuing to resist the discrimination and bigotry coming from Washington, D.C., and for demonstrating continued leadership in honoring the rights of all people, regardless of religious affiliation or country of origin,” said Daniel Zingale, Senior Vice President for The California Endowment. “A system that excludes anyone hurts the health of everyone.”
About The California Endowment
The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation, was established in 1996 to expand access to, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental affordable improvements in the health status of all Californians. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, The Endowment has regional offices in Sacramento, Oakland, Fresno and San Diego, with program staff working throughout the state. The Endowment challenges the conventional wisdom that medical settings and individual choices are solely responsible for people’s health. Through its ‘Health Happens Here’ campaign and ten-year initiative for Building Healthy Communities, The Endowment is creating places where children are healthy, safe and ready to learn. At its core, The Endowment believes that health happens in neighborhoods, schools, and with prevention. For more information, visit The California Endowment’s homepage at www.calendow.org