Assembly 25 (Migden – 2001)
Chapter 893, Statutes of 2001 - AB 25
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Numerous sections related to domestic partnerships were affected in 2001 following legislative approval of Assembly Bill 25. (See Exhibit A, #1h) Assembly members Carole Migden and Robert Hertzberg and Senator Sheila Kuehl introduced Assembly Bill 25 on December 4, 2000 on behalf of the California Alliance for Pride and Equality. (See Exhibit A, #1a and #3, pages 5 and 7)
While before the Legislature, the Assembly Committee on Judiciary, the Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment and the Senate Committee on Judiciary considered the policy issues raised by the measure. (See Exhibit A, #3, #5 and #9) The Assembly and Senate Committees on Appropriations examined the bill’s fiscal implications. (See Exhibit A, #7 and #11) Assembly Bill 25 was amended six times while being heard, three times in each House. (See Exhibit A, #1b through #1g and #2) Following legislative passage, Governor Gray Davis signed Assembly Bill 25 on October 14, 2001, and the Secretary of State recorded it on that date as Chapter 893 of the Statutes of 2001. (See Exhibit A, #1h and #2)
A Press Release dated October 14, 2001 from the Governor’s Office entitled “GOVERNOR DAVIS SIGNS DOMESTIC PARTNERS LEGISLATION 10/14/2001” summarized Assembly Bill 25, in part, as follows:
. . . The landmark legislation provides registered domestic partners with fair treatment on issues such as insurance, sick leave, and survivor rights.
. . .
The legislation provides domestic partners with new legal rights in several areas. . . . (See Exhibit A, #18, page 1)