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California lawmakers seek to remove 'he' from state laws

Posted at 5:54 PM, Jun 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-24 20:54:48-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Legislature has passed a bill to make sure state laws don't refer to elected public officials as men.

Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan's bill specifically updates laws governing California's statewide elected officials. Bauer-Kahan says she authored the bill after discovering state law often assumes elected officials are men.

Lawmakers also passed a bill on Thursday that allows for people to be listed as nonbinary on death certificates.

California has been steadily updating its laws in recent years to include gender-neutral language. A bill by Sen. John Laird would do the same for certain state agencies, including the California Highway Patrol.