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Richard Rider

In CA, “willfully” use the wrong transgender pronoun, go to jail

With 2/3 Democrat majorities, the California two state legislative houses theoretically can pass any bill they want — veto proof.  Here’s one of the more bizarre bills they’ve come up with this year.

EXCERPT:  According to the text of SB 219, titled the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Long-Term Care Facility Resident’s Bill of Rights, “it shall be unlawful for a long-term care facility or facility staff to….  willfully and repeatedly fail to use a resident’s preferred name or pronouns after being clearly informed of the preferred name or pronouns.”

Those convicted (yes, CONVICTED) would face a $1,000 fine, up to a year in county jail, or both.

Will it pass?  Common sense tells me it will not pass. But the evidence is that it may well pass with an overwhelmingly positive vote.  From the article:

The Bill passed the Assembly Judiciary Committee with no one voting against it. Voting yes were Assembly members: Chau, Chiu, Cristina Garcia, Holden, Kalra, Maienschein, Reyes, Mark Stone, Ting. Deciding not to vote at all were Assembly members Kiley and Cunningham.

NOTE:  Brian Maienschein, who voted for this bill, is a San Diego Republican. Don’t know the others off the top of my head.