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AB 1577 – Change of Gender at Death (Atkins)

Position: Oppose


Currently a person can obtain a court order legally changing his or her gender and to obtain a new birth certificate. Existing law also sets forth the requirements for properly completing a certificate of death. The law allows an “informant” to provide the decedent’s personal information including the decedent’s name, sex and birthplace to the person completing a death certificate.

This bill would require the person completing the death certificate to record the decedent’s sex to reflect the decedent’s gender identity as reported by the informant even if they are not presented with a court order or other legal documentation acknowledging a legal change of gender. Gender identity is a person’s private sense of, and subjective experience of, their own gender regardless of their biological gender at birth.

This bill would give a person, or a majority of persons who have equal rights to control the disposition of the remains, the legal authority to change the gender of a decedent if a decedent chose to not take the legal steps to change his or her gender during his or her lifetime.

Bill Status –

6/24/2014 – Passed Senate Judiciary Committee 6-1
click here for committee votes

Read AB 1577 Here

AB 215 – Communist School Teachers (Buchanan)


Position: Oppose

Existing law prohibits a permanent school employee from being suspended or dismissed with few exceptions, which include immoral or unprofessional conduct and being a known member of the Communist Party. The processes school districts must follow in order to suspend or dismiss a permanent employee are lengthy and costly.

This bill establishes a dismissal processes for employees charged with egregious misconduct and specifically defines egregious misconduct as sexual misconduct, controlled substances offenses, and child abuse.

However, the bill also deletes language in the law that calls for the dismissal of a school employee who has a “Knowing membership by the employee in the Communist Party.” Should this measure become law, there would no longer be restrictions preventing teachers who adhere to the political theory of Communism from becoming educators in the k-12 public school system.

Bill Status –

6/25/14 – Signed into law by Governor
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Read AB 215 Here

Stop Co-Ed Showers, Locker Rooms and Restrooms in California Schools

gender neutral bathroomThe California Senate is preparing to vote on a bill, AB 1266, which would allow boys and girls to share the same school lockers rooms, showers, restrooms, sporting programs, and school activities, based on the student’s gender identity, rather than his or her actual biological gender.

Gender identity refers to a person’s subjective opinion of ones gender, which may or may not correspond to the person’s biological sex. But no matter the student’s gender identity, imposing this drastic and intrusive law upon all students is foolish and irresponsible.

This bill will go into effect in Jan. 2014 and will affect every California public school student who uses a school restroom, locker room, or shower.

Contact your Senator and the Senators below and urge them to vote NO on AB 1266

Capitol Office: 916-651-4020
Van Nuys Office: 818-901-5588 RICHARD ROTH
Capitol Office: 916-651-4031
Riverside Office: 951-680-6750

Capitol Office: 916-651-4024
West Covina Office: 626-430-2499

Capitol Office: 916-651-4030
Montebello Office: 323-890-2790

Capitol Office: 916-651-4032
Montclair Office: 909-621-2783

Capitol Office: 916-651-4040
El Centro Office: 760-335-3442 LOU CORREA
Capitol Office: 916-651-4034
Capitol Fax: 916-323-2323

Capitol Office: 916 651-4026
Los Angeles Office: 213 745-6656

Capitol Office: 916 651-4035
Inglewood Office: 310 412-0393

California Capitol Update


California Capitol Update

In This Issue
Legislative Update
No Room in the Clinic
Stand by the Boy Scouts
Lawmaker Demands Audit of CPS After Baby Is Taken From Parents
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Legislative Update


AB 154 – Abortion Expansion (Atkins)

Assembly Appropriations

Read the AB 154


SB 323 – Attack on Religious Liberties and Non-Profits (Lara)

Senate Floor

Read SB 323


AB 460 – Forced Insurance Coverage for 

Gender Identity (Ammiano)

Assembly Floor

Read AB 460


AB 1121 – Gender Identity Name Change (Atkins) 

Passed Assembly floor

Read AB 1121


AB 1266 – Forced Co-Ed Locker Rooms (Ammiano) 

Passed Assembly floor 

Read AB 1266



PLEASE NOTE THIS CORRECTION: Last week  we incorrectly stated that AB 1266 passed on a party line vote.  This was incorrect.  You can view the votes here.

No Room in the Clinic

Presumably, without a doctor in the room, abortion facilities will not need to be built as large as current building codes require. AB 980, a bill sponsored by Planned Parenthood, attempts to delete the building code requirements for abortion clinics to provide a post-abortion recovery area that includes a recovery bed and cubicle curtains for patient privacy as well as a private room or area for pre-abortion and post-abortion counseling. The code already states that “Treatment rooms used for aspiration abortion may be, as a minimum, sized as examination rooms.” Examination rooms are substantially smaller than “treatment” rooms. However, as they prepare to monopolize on the implementation of AB 154, the abortion expansion bill that will allow non-physicians to perform abortions, Planned Parenthood claims the building code requirements are “unfair” and “burdensome” and seeks to have those regulations removed from the code through this “emergency” legislation. AB 980 will next be heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.


Stand by the Boy Scouts


The board of the Boy Scouts of America will vote on the proposed lifting of the ban on allowing homosexuals into the organization on May 23rd.


As part of a national campaign promoted by, we ask you to join Scouts and friends of Scouts across the country to get the word out in support of the Scouts’ longstanding beliefs.


There are a number of ways you can do this!  First, pray. Then, do everything you can to get the “10 Reasons why a delegate should vote Nointo the hands of the Boy Scout delegates by connecting through social media.  Post the delegate letter to your FaceBook page, send a tweet, and email your family and friends with the post.  This letter must be shared with as many scouts as possible by May 22nd  in order for the delegates to be informed regarding this important issue. 


Thirdly, rally for Boy Scouts at your local council office on May 17th from 12:00 – 1:30.  Go to for flyers, posters, and more resources.  

Lawmaker Demands Audit of CPS After Baby Is Taken From Parents

A California legislator has called for an audit of the California Child Protective Services (CPS) after the agency used its authority to take an infant from its parents. 


Alex and Anna Nikolayev took their infant son Sammy to Sutter Memorial Hospital for treatment after he developed flu-like symptoms.  The couple, having received medical advice from the hospital that their child needed open heart surgery, decided to get a second opinion.  The following day, CPS came to the couple’s home and removed the child from their custody. Although the couple was able to obtain a court to have their child returned to them, and a subsequent examination of the child revealed that he did not need open-heart surgery, CPS continues to abuse its power and monitor the family. 


Assemblymember Donnelly has called for the state to audit CPS and its practices, A hearing by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee to determine whether or not to proceed with an audit will be held June 5.

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What is Happening in Sacramento?


 A Busy Time in Sacramento: 

Our Voice Must Be Heard!

Spring is a busy time here in Sacramento at our state capitol!  Every day during the California legislative season, many anti-family lobbyists line up hoping to sway lawmakers to enact policies favoring their special interests.  


At Capitol Resource Institute, we know the extreme importance of ensuring that Judeo-Christian family values are represented in state government. That’s why CRI is proud to stand in line with numerous others, many of whom directly oppose our values-system, and be a voice for families.  


CRI is currently tracking numerous bills that are passing through the state legislature. We work hard to educate you on current legislation and how you can have your voice heard. This is a big job because these bills are often amended at the last minute to include things that could be very harmful to families.  


Two of the main bills we’re working to oppose this year are AB 1266 and AB 154.  AB 1266 allows children, grades K-12,  of any gender to participate on any sports team, and enter into locker rooms, showers and bathrooms of their choice based on that student’s private sense of their own gender regardless of their biological gender at birth. AB 154 expands abortion, allowing nurses, midwives or a physician assistant to perform abortions.


Because we know that it’s imperative to grow in our effectiveness and strengthen our voice in California, CRI also works diligently to cultivate new pro-family activists and empower grassroots to make a difference through educational programs like Citizen’s Lobby Days and our annual City on the Hill Youth Leadership Conference.  


While we work to cultivate more pro-family activism, at the grassroots level, we must continue to diligently promote family friendly policies here in our state capitol.  Our voice must be heard within the walls of the capitol building!  Spring is indeed a very busy time here at the capitol.  And that means that spring is also a very  busy time for Capitol Resource Institute.


Will you please help us by supporting our work?  


Every dollar counts.  We receive no government funding and rely completely on the generosity of kind-hearted supporters like yourself.  Thank you in advance for your support.


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SB 323 Passes – Attack on Boy Scouts Continues

Separate but Unequal

California’s SB 323 came one step closer to becoming the law of the Golden State as the bill easily passed out of the California Senate Governance and Finance Committee.  Should SB 323 become law it would break new ground in using the tax system to punish those who are disliked by the LGBT activists. 


SB 323 would remove certain State tax exemptions for public charity youth organizations that discriminate on the basis of gender identity, race, sexual orientation, nationality, religion or religious affiliation.  But in today’s committee hearing the proponents clamed that the bill would not affect those youth programs organized under the structure of a religious body.  The Boy Scouts meeting at the local Presbyterian Church need not comply with the law, but the Scout troop meeting next door at the community center could lose its tax exemption if it restricts who can be troop leader.  This oddity has led to the description of the proposed law as proudly promoting State treatment that is “separate but unequal”.


That disparity should raise a few eyebrows and demand further explanation.  Apparently we are to conclude that a club that determines that a homosexual man should not be its leader is deemed so heinous that the organization should be punished into conformity by taxation.  But if the youth group meets in a church, never mind.  In allowing such an exception, the proponents implicitly admit that the State should show tolerance for different membership and leadership policies.


While the target of this bill is the Boy Scouts (the Committee’s official analysis says, “it is clearly aimed at them”) its effects are much wider than that.  This is good only because it means there will be other organizations expressing their opposition.  While one uniformed Scout leader at the Committee hearing did his organization proud, another former Scout would not have earned a merit badge for his performance.  He alluded to pressure for greater diversity in the Scouts and signaled that given time the Scout policies evolve and would change.  The discussion of discrimination presumably would soon be moot. 


SB 323 requires that youth sports leagues allow children of any gender to participate on any team.  But the State intends to reach beyond the playing field and into locker rooms, showers and bathrooms also.  This bill’s prohibition on gender identity based discrimination means that a boy claiming gender confusion is permitted to share those facilities with girls.  Any attempt at segregation risks a fine in the form of taxes.


Proponents of the new law seem genuinely angry that California’s various pronouncements about sexuality are not being observed by certain youth organizations.  They have declared certain things to be discrimination and that should be the end of the issue.  But of course the law and public opinion, for now, say otherwise.


In a landmark case dealing with the Boy Scouts in 2000, the United States Supreme Court determined that the First Amendment right of “expressive association” trumped the laws of a state dealing with this same type of discrimination.  The Boy Scouts were allowed to deny an openly homosexual man a leadership position in a local Scout troop even though the laws of the State declared such a denial to be impermissible discrimination. 


The public seems to agree.  If a mother says she wants to choose the role models for her 12 year-old when sending him to a voluntary club, most of us do not equate her with the racist bent on bringing back segregation.  We get it that tolerance is a two way street.  And we are a little unnerved by the idea that those who currently hold political power in our State are attempting to use that power to bankrupt any organization that does not agree with them.

It is ironic that so many of those who are demanding that individuals be able to marry the one they choose would at the same time deny the right of the individual to simply choose his Scout leader.

Thumbs Up!

Thank you to Senator Knight for openly opposing this attack on freedom of association and free speech! 

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Abortion Expansion Bill Passes Committee


Abortion Expansion Bill 

Passes Committee

Today, AB 154, the bill to allow nurses, midwives and PA’s to perform abortions passed out of the Business, Professions, and Consumer Protections committee 9-4.  The bill will next be heard in the Health committee.


Proponents of the bill claimed there is a necessity to expand access to abortions and that allowing non-physicians to perform abortions, women will not have to travel from rural communities to have abortions.


“The indisputable fact is that expanding the categories of licensed abortionists will compromise the quality of women’s health in California.” Dr. Val Smith, Ph.D, a statistician in behavioral science testified, “As a matter of public policy, I request that committee members weigh the inconvenience of women crossing county lines to obtain abortions against the certainty of compromised women’s health.”


Assemblymember Hagman argued that it is not uncommon for a person seeking an elective medical treatment to travel to receive medical care.  Hagman further questioned the complication rate, according to proponents’ own study, of non-physicians being twice that of physicians performing abortions. The discussion continually reverted away from safe medical care for women to “access” and “women’s rights” to abortions.


Assemblyman Brian Jones expressed concern about the minors that will receive abortions by non-physicians.  When Jones asked how minors are able to pay for the abortions they receive, a Planned Parenthood representative conceded that minors were able to apply for Medi-cal benefits in order to receive abortions if they do not want to use their parent’s insurance.


Capitol Resource Institute thanks Assemblymembers Hagman and Jones for speaking in opposition of this bill.


Read AB 154


Organizations in support of AB 154 


California Women’s Law Center

California Church IMPACT

National Center for Lesbian Rights

League of Women Voters of California

California Nurse Midwives Association

California Association for Nurse Practitioners

American Association of University Women

Six Rivers Planned Parenthood

California Latinas for Reproductive Justice

Law Students for Reproductive Justice

Women’s Community Clinic

ACT for Women and Girls

National Health Law Program

Nevada County Citizens for Choice

Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (sponsor)

National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum

American Nurses Association

California Family Health Council, Inc.

Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest

Reproductive Justice Coalition of Los Angeles

Fresno Barrios Unidos

Planned Parenthood Pasadena & San Gabriel Valley

American College of Nurse-Midwives

National Latina Institute for Reproductive health

Forward Together

Khmer Girls in Action

Bay Area Communities for Health Education

California Women’s Health Alliance (sponsor)

American Civil Liberties Union of California (co-sponsor)

ACCESS Women’s Health Justice (co-sponsor)

Black Women for Wellness (co-sponsor)

California Latinas for Reproductive Justice (co-sponsor)

NARAL Pro-Choice California (co-sponsor)

Cardea Institute

Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at UC Berkeley School of Law

Choice USA

Choice USA at California State University Long Beach

Choice USA at California State University Sacramento

Choice USA at Mills College

Choice USA at San Jose State University

Choice USA at Scripps College Beach

National Network of Abortion Funds

Physicians for Reproductive HealthPlanned Parenthood Mar Monte

Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernadino Counties

Planned Parenthood of Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo Counties

Students for Reproductive Justice at Stanford University

Women’s Health Specialists of California

53 private individuals

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Action Alert – Monday Morning Update

Monday Morning Update
Action Needed!


Action  Needed!


AB 154 – Abortions (Atkins)


AB 154 would allow nurses and midwives to perform abortions.Your voice in opposition to this bill is critical.  AB 154 is not safe for women’s health.  This law would put women’s health at risk by allowing non-physicians to perform abortions. 


This bill will be voted on by the Assembly Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Protection, Tuesday, 4/9/2013.  


Contact the committee members listed below and ask them to vote “NO” on AB 154.


Assembly Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Protection


Richard Gordon (Chair)           916-319-2024                916-319-2124 fax

Brian Jones (Vice-Chair)         916-319-2071                916-319-2171 fax

Raul Bocanegra                      916-319-2039                 916-319-2139 fax 

Nora Campos                          916-319-2027                916-319-2127 fax

Roger Dickinson                     916-319- 2007                 916-319-2107 fax

Susan Eggman                        916-319-2013                  916-319-2113 fax

Curt Hagman                          916-319-2055                 916-319-2155 fax

Chris Holden                          916-319-2041                  916-319-2141 fax

Brian Maienschein                  916-319-2077                   916-319-2177 fax

Kevin Mullin                           916-319-2022                  916-319-2122 fax

Nancy Skinner                        916-319-2015                   916-319-2115 fax

Phillip Ting                            916-319-2019                   916-319-2119 fax

Scott Wilk                               916-319-2038                 916-319-2138 fax


SB 323 – Attack on Boy Scouts and other non-profits


SB 323 seeks to revoke the tax-exempt status of non-profit sport and youth organizations by forcing such organizations to hire, or to allow as leaders, and members persons whose sexual conduct is against the tenets of such institutions.


This bill poses an unprecedented intrusion by the government by prohibiting institutions from adhering to their most deeply held beliefs about what is appropriate conduct when making management decisions and in fulfilling the institution’s purpose.


SB 323 violates constitutional rights to free speech, freedom of association, and freedom of religion. 


This bill will be voted on by the Committee on Senate Governance and Finance, Wednesday, 4/10/2013 


Contact the committee members listed below and ask them to vote “NO” on SB 323!


Senate Committee on Governance and Finance


Lois Wolk (Chair)                916-651-4003              916-323-2304 fax

Steve Knight (Vice-Chair)     916 651 4021              916-445-4662 fax

Jim Beal                             916 651 4015              916-323-4529 fax

Mark DeSaulnier                  916 651 4007              916-445-2527 fax

Bill Emmerson                     916 651 4023              916-327-2272 fax

Ed Hernandez                      916 651 4024              916-445-0485 fax

Carol Liu                              916 651 4025             916-324-7543 fax


California Capitol Update


California Capitol Update

In This Issue
Lobby Day was a Great Success!
Every Parent Should Know: ACA 5
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Lobby Day was a Great Success!

LD Capitol Resource Institute’s Lobby Day on Tuesday was a great success with citizens coming from as far as Southern California!  The group was ready to learn about the legislative process and become equipped to have their voices heard.  Citizens were trained on how a bill is introduced, how the legislative process works, and how to communicate with their legislators.  The day culminated in a trip to the Capitol building to visit the offices of the legislators where citizens were prepared with talking points to state their case for or against a particular bill to the legislator or staffer. 


The staff at CRI was just as encouraged and energized as the attendees of the event. We heard from many of you of how inspiring the training was and how ignited you are.  We are prepared to harness that energy and make our voices heard!  And there is no time to waste because the day after our event, Planned Parenthood flew in a more than a hundred students from Southern California to attend their annual ‘Teen Capitol Day‘where teens are trained on how to lobby for abortion.  The flights to the event were free to the attendees but paid for by our tax dollars!



While citizens  were roaming the halls of the Capitol, the Public Safety Committee killed AB 605 (Linder), the bill that would have allowed judges to return sex offenders to prison who violate parole.  Many of you called the committee last week in support of that bill.

Every Parent Should Know: ACA 5

Assemblywoman Shannon Grove introduced a constitutional amendment, ACA 5, The Parental Notification, Child and Teen Safety, Stop Predators Act, calling for parental notification prior to performing abortions on unemancipated minors.

Under existing law, a 12 year old minor can receive an abortion without the notification or consent of the minor’s parents.  This measure would prohibit a physician from performing an abortion on a minor unless the physician has delivered written notice to a parent of the minor, or unless notice has been waived by the parent or by a court order.

CRI supports this bill that seeks to insure the safety and wellbeing of children by giving back parents’ rights to care for the health of their children. Children are receiving abortions without their parents’ knowledge, and are sent home to deal with the physical and emotional aftermath on their own.  The state holds parents responsible for the health, education and welfare of their children and should not exclude parents from assisting their children in what is the child’s best interest when it comes to something as serious as abortion.


Assemblywoman Grove’s bill is co-authored by Senators Joel Anderson, Steve Knight, Mimi Walters, Jim Nielsen and Assemblymembers Tim Donnelly, Curt Hagman, Melissa Melendez, Brian Jones, Don Wagner, Beth Gaines and Brian Dahle.   


Please contact your legislator and ask them to co-author ACA 5.


Read ACA 5


Find Your Legislator


The bill to expand abortion, AB 154, has been set for a hearing next week.  We will be sending Action Alerts to you Monday morning for this and several other bills that will be heard next week so stay tuned!

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City on the Hill

This year’s 2013 City on the Hill Youth Leadership Conference will be held July 16th-21st at William Jessup University in Rocklin, CA.  If you are in high school and have a passion to make a difference and want to stand firm for your values, City on the Hill is for you! Check out this video from the City on the Hill “2012 legislative session and hear from the students themselves! Sign up today! 


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