SB 493

  • California Senate Bill
  • 2019-2020 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Senate Feb 21, 2019
  • Passed Senate May 28, 2019
  • Passed Assembly Aug 30, 2020
  • Signed by Governor Sep 29, 2020

Education: sex equity.

Bill Subjects

Education: Sex Equity.

Abstract

Existing federal law, known as Title IX, prohibits a person, on the basis of sex, from being excluded from participation in, being denied the benefits of, or being subject to discrimination, which includes sexual harassment, under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. A portion of the Donahoe Higher Education Act, known as the Equity in Higher Education Act, declares, among other things, that it is the policy of the State of California that all persons, regardless of their sex, should enjoy freedom from discrimination of any kind in the educational institutions of the state. Existing law provides that a party to a written complaint of prohibited discrimination at certain public postsecondary educational institutions may appeal the action to specified bodies. Existing law also requires that persons who have filed a complaint of prohibited discrimination be advised by the educational institution that civil law remedies may also be available to the complainant. This bill would require, no later than January 1, 2022, except as specified, a postsecondary institution that receives state financial assistance to comply with requirements relating to the protection of students from, and providing students with procedural protections relating to complaints of, sexual harassment. In particular, the bill would require the governing board or body of each of these institutions to (1) disseminate a notice of nondiscrimination to each employee, volunteer, and individual or entity contracted with the institution, (2) designate at least one employee of the institution to coordinate its efforts to comply with its responsibilities specified in this act, (3) adopt rules and procedures for the prevention of sexual harassment, (4) adopt and publish on its internet website grievance procedures providing for the prompt and equitable resolution of sexual harassment complaints, (5) publish on the institution's internet website the name, title, and contact information for the Title IX coordinator or other employee designated to coordinate the institution's efforts to comply with and carry out the responsibilities specified in this act and any individual official with the authority to investigate complaints or to institute corrective measures, as specified, (6) include specified training to each employee engaged in the grievance procedure, (7) include annual training for residential life student and nonstudent staff for the trauma-informed handling of reports regarding incidents of sexual harassment or violence at an institution with on-campus housing, (8) notify employees of the obligation to report sexual harassment to appropriate school officials, and (9) provide training to all employees on the identification of sexual harassment. The bill would authorize enforcement of these provisions through a civil action brought pursuant to existing law, as specified. By imposing new duties on community college districts, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

Bill Sponsors (8)

Votes


Actions


Sep 29, 2020

California State Legislature

Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 303, Statutes of 2020.

California State Legislature

Approved by the Governor.

Sep 09, 2020

California State Legislature

Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.

Aug 31, 2020

Senate

Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 31. Noes 8.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.

Aug 30, 2020

Assembly

Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 60. Noes 12. Page 5309.) Ordered to the Senate.

Senate

In Senate. Concurrence in Assembly amendments pending.

Aug 25, 2020

Assembly

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Aug 24, 2020

Assembly

Read second time and amended. Ordered to second reading.

Aug 20, 2020

Assembly

From committee: Do pass as amended. (Ayes 14. Noes 4.) (August 20).

Aug 30, 2019

Assembly

August 30 hearing postponed by committee.

Aug 21, 2019

Assembly

August 21 set for first hearing. Placed on APPR. suspense file.

Aug 12, 2019

Assembly

Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Amendment-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Jul 11, 2019

Assembly

From committee: Do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 9. Noes 2.) (July 9).

Jun 26, 2019

Assembly

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on JUD. (Ayes 9. Noes 3.) (June 25). Re-referred to Com. on JUD.

  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Committee-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on JUD.

Jun 06, 2019

Assembly

Referred to Coms. on HIGHER ED. and JUD.

  • Referral-Committee
Coms. on HIGHER ED. and JUD.

May 28, 2019

Assembly

In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk.

Senate

Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 30. Noes 8. Page 1324.) Ordered to the Assembly.

May 20, 2019

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

May 17, 2019

Senate

Read second time and amended. Ordered to second reading.

Senate

From committee: Do pass as amended. (Ayes 4. Noes 2. Page 1101.) (May 16).

May 14, 2019

Senate

Set for hearing May 16.

May 13, 2019

Senate

May 13 hearing: Placed on APPR. suspense file.

May 03, 2019

Senate

Set for hearing May 13.

Apr 30, 2019

Senate

Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Amendment-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Apr 29, 2019

Senate

From committee: Do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 7. Noes 0. Page 799.) (April 23).

Apr 10, 2019

Senate

Set for hearing April 23.

Apr 03, 2019

Senate

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on JUD. (Ayes 6. Noes 0. Page 548.) (April 3). Re-referred to Com. on JUD.

  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Committee-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on JUD.

Mar 08, 2019

Senate

Set for hearing April 3.

Mar 07, 2019

Senate

Referred to Coms. on ED. and JUD.

  • Referral-Committee
Coms. on ED. and JUD.

Feb 22, 2019

Senate

From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 24.

Feb 21, 2019

Senate

Introduced. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To print.

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
SB493 HTML
02/21/19 - Introduced PDF
04/30/19 - Amended Senate PDF
05/17/19 - Amended Senate PDF
08/12/19 - Amended Assembly PDF
08/24/20 - Amended Assembly PDF
09/03/20 - Enrolled PDF
09/29/20 - Chaptered PDF

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