Senate Bill 369 (Grunsky-1968)
Chapter 461, Statutes of 1968
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In his letter to the Governor requesting his signature on Senate Bill 369, Senator Grunsky provided the following summary of the bill:
This measure is intended to make certain that physically handicapped persons will be able to fully participate in the social and economic life of California, without discrimination on account of their handicap. It declares it to be state policy to encourage and enable this full participation, and to employ physically handicapped persons in employments, state and local, which are supported by public funds. It also makes it a misdemeanor to interfere with the rights of a handicapped person to have equal use of streets, highways, sidewalks, public conveyances and places of public accomodations [sic] or amusement.
This bill provides that the Governor shall proclaim October 15 of each year “White Cane Safety Day”, and specifies certain comments to be made, in order to give official recognition and encouragement to the efforts of blind persons in particular and physically handicapped persons in general.
(See Exhibit #6, document PE-2)
The California Continuing Education of the Bar notes in its review of Senate Bill 369 that, “[b]y enacting SB 369, the California legislature has adopted much of the substance of the Model White Cane Law.” (See Exhibit #7)
Two unsuccessful measures were before the Legislature in 1967 and 1968 which would have enacted provisions similar to those found in Senate Bill 369.
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