Effort to fight 'bathroom bill' in CA has signatures for ballot initiative

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
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Becky Yeh - California correspondent (OneNewsNow.com)

The coalition working to overturn California's transgender bathroom bill submitted more than enough signatures to qualify a law-repeal effort. 

Proponents seeking to overturn California's transgender bathroom bill announced they've submitted over 620,000 signatures to election officials. The Privacy For All Students coalition wants to qualify a referendum allowing California voters to decide on the transgender bathroom bill.

Gina Gleason is a proponent of Privacy For All Students.

"In order to qualify for the November 2014 ballot," Gleason explains, "over 505,000 of the signatures must be validated. This will give the people of California the opportunity to vote and decide if they will support student privacy in public school restrooms, showers and locker rooms."

California signAB 1266 was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown and allows students, K-12, to participate in sex-segregated activities and facilities, including locker rooms and bathrooms.

If election officials validate the number of signatures, AB 1266 will not take effect on January 1 and the item will be placed on the state ballot.

Proponents had just 90 days to obtain signatures and volunteers alone obtained 400,000. Paid signature gatherers collected over 200,000 signatures.

Election officials have eight working days to conduct a raw count. Officials then must take random samples from various counties then may take a process to fully verify the signatures. 

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