It will make it easier for transgender, nonbinary and intersex residents to apply for a gender change from state agencies and the courts. It would have prohibited the secretary of state from putting a candidate's name on the ballot in California if he or she did not comply with the tax return requirement.
The California bill was no different; Democratic Governor Jerry Brown vetoed the bill in California which would have required any presidential candidate to publicly release five years of tax returns in order to be eligible for the primary ballot.
"The bill would add to the Donahoe Higher Education Act provisions that would require the Trustees of the California State University, the governing boards of community college districts, and independent institutions of higher education that are qualifying institutions for purposes of the Cal Grant Program, and would request the regents, to the fullest extent consistent with state and federal law, to: refrain from disclosing personal information concerning students, faculty, and staff, except under specified circumstances", stated the bill. Washington, DC also allows a gender-neutral ID option, and other states are considering it.
The Golden State, however, specifically lists "nonbinary" as its option and extends to more documents.
"With more women in the workforce, and more parents struggling to balance work and family responsibilities, our policies must catch up to the realities of our economy and the daily lives of working families", " Jackson wrote after the bill was signed". "Brown for recognizing how hard it can be for our transgender, nonbinary, and intersex family members, friends, and neighbors when they don't have an ID that matches their gender presentation", the bill's co-author Sen.
More than half of the states in the country considered similar legislation this year, according to an Assembly analysis of the bill.
However, SB 179 wasn't the only bill Brown signed to help California's LGBTI citizens.
Advocacy group Equal Rights Advocates also expressed disappointment, but pledged to work with Brown's office to strengthen state laws to protect students involved in sexual assault cases.
He also blocked a bill that would have prohibited churches, religious schools and other religious organizations from firing or disciplining employees for having an abortion, using birth control or receiving in vitro fertilization.