Sponsor: Assemblymember Susan Bonilla (D)
Summary: Provides that the Donahoe Higher Education Act, known as the Equity in Higher Education Act, declares that it is the policy of the State of California that all persons, regardless of their sex, should enjoy freedom from discrimination of any kind in the postsecondary educational institutions of the state. Adds to the Equity in Higher Education Act, a provision specifying that this policy of freedom from discrimination includes, but is not limited to, freedom from pregnancy discrimination as described in a specified federal statute.
Prohibits postsecondary educational institutions from requiring a graduate student to take a leave of absence, withdraw from the graduate program or limit his or her graduate studies solely due to pregnancy or pregnancy-related issues. Requires postsecondary educational institutions to reasonably accommodate pregnant graduate students so that they may complete their graduate courses of study and research. Requires the maintenance of the student status and status in the graduate program of graduate students who choose to take leaves of absence because they are pregnant or have recently given birth. Requires postsecondary educational institutions to allow graduate students who choose to take leaves of absence because they are pregnant or have recently given birth up to twelve additional months to prepare for preliminary and qualifying examinations and an extension of up to twelve months toward normative time to degree while they are in candidacy for a graduate degree.
As amended (3/19/2014): http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_2301-2350/ab_2350_bill_20140319_amended_asm_v98.pdf
As introduced: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_2301-2350/ab_2350_bill_20140221_introduced.pdf
Status: Introduced 2/24/2014. Referred to Assembly Committee on Higher Education 3/10/2014. Amended, re-referred to the Committee on Higher Education 3/19/2014.
Outlook: This measure was amended by the author to prohibit postsecondary educational institutions from requiring a graduate student to take a leave of absence, withdraw from the graduate program or limit his or her graduate studies solely due to pregnancy or pregnancy-related issues. The measure was re-referred to the Assembly Committee on Higher Education for consideration.
The Assembly Committee on Higher Education is chaired by Assembly Member Das Williams (D). The sponsor is not a member of the committee of referral. Committees are not required to consider every measure referred to them. Per Joint Rule 61 (b)(6), the committee has by May 9 to act on this measure.
By rule, this measure cannot be heard in committee until 30 days have passed since its introduction. The sponsor is a member of the majority party but has not garnered the support of any cosponsors. The Democratic Party controls both legislative chambers as well as the Office of Governor.
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