SENATE BILL 1945 (KUEHL – 2002)
CHAPTER 490, STATUTES OF 2002
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Government Code sections 12950 and 12960, relating to statutes of limitation for discrimination cases, were amended with the passage of Senate Bill 1945 of 2002. (See Exhibit #1e) Senator Sheila Kuehl introduced this measure on behalf of the Department of Fair Employment and Housing on February 22, 2002. (See Exhibits #1a and #8, document AP-8)
Senate Bill 1945 was assigned to the Senate Committee on Judiciary and the Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment where policy issues raised by the bill were considered. (See Exhibits #3 and #7) The fiscal ramifications of the bill were considered by both the Senate and Assembly Committees on Appropriations. (See Exhibits #2 and #9) Three amendments were made to Senate Bill 1945. (See Exhibits #1b through #1d and #2) Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor Gray Davis signed Senate Bill 1945 on September 11, 2002 and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on September 12th as Chapter 490 of the Statutes of 2002. (See Exhibit #1e)
The Office of Senate Floor Analyses’ Third Reading Analysis summarized Senate Bill 1945 as last amended on August 7, 2002 as follows:
This bill redefines the time for filing a complaint with the State Department of Fair Employment and Housing for an alleged violation of California’s hate crimes prohibition (the Ralph Civil Rights Act), for a period of one more year form [sic] the date the aggrieved person became aware of the identity of a person liable for an alleged violation and in no case more than three years.
(See Exhibit #12, page 1)