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RACE, ETHNICITY, COLOR OR NATIONAL ORIGIN CLASSIFICATION. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. Effective January 1, 2005 prohibits state, local governments from using race, ethnicity, color or national origin to classify current or prospective students, contractors, or employees in public education, contracting or employment operations. Does not prohibit classification by sex. Prohibition also covers persons subject to other operations of government unless Legislature finds compelling state interest, authorizes by two thirds of each house, and Governor approves. “Classifying” defined as separating, sorting, or organizing persons or personal data. Exemptions include: law enforcement descriptions; prisoner and undercover assignments; action taken to maintain federal funding. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local governments: This initiative would have a major fiscal impact of an annual state savings potentially ranging from several million dollars to in excess of $10 million beginning in 2015.
M. Royce Van Tassell, Director of Research; Kevin Nguyen, Executive Director, American Civil Rights Coalition, P.O. Box 188350, Sacramento, CA 95818, (916) 444-2278
Failed to Qualify
RACE, ETHNICITY, COLOR OR NATIONAL ORIGIN CLASSIFICATION. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. California Initiative 913 (2001).