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Assemblymember Dr. Corey Jackson Introduces Assembly Constitutional Amendment to Amend Proposition 209

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SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Dr. Corey A. Jackson has proposed a new bill, ACA-7, to address persistent disparities in health, education, and economic outcomes for certain communities in California. The bill would amend Proposition 209, a California law passed in 1996 prohibiting the state from race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in public employment, education, or contracting.

ACA-7 will allow California to directly combat  these disparities by allowing the Governor to issue waivers to public agencies that wish to use state funds for research-based , or research-informed  and culturally specific interventions to increase life expectancy, improve educational outcomes, and lift people out of poverty for specific ethnic groups and marginalized genders.

"For too long, certain communities in California have faced significant barriers to success, with the state being extremely limited in their ability to provide the appropriate support . This ACA is a crucial step towards addressing the barriers that certain communities in California face in achieving their full potential," says Assemblymember Jackson. "Our goal is to provide equal opportunities for all Californians to lead healthy and productive lives."

This measure ensures that any interventions approved by the Governor do not violate the provisions of Proposition 209 and that its provisions only apply to actions taken after its effective date. This ACA also confirms that remedies for violations would align with existing California anti-discrimination laws and do not affect existing court orders or consent decrees.