Bill protecting youth in California passes Senate – Dannie Tillman, Equality California, OIA Newswire

Assembly Bill 606, the Safe Place to Learn Act, authored by Assemblymember Lloyd Levine (D-Van Nuys) and sponsored by Equality California (EQCA), passed the Senate today by a 23-16 vote and will now return to the Assembly for a final vote before being presented to Governor Schwarzenegger. The bill provides guidance and direction to school districts in implementing California’s existing laws regarding anti-discrimination and harassment in schools.

AB 606 provides tools for school districts to comply with the law and reaffirms that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students are protected against harassment and violence in California schools,” stated Geoff Kors, EQCA’s executive director.