Senator Lara’s Religious Freedom Act Set for Hearing on Monday, March 13

March 10, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – With the Trump Administration targeting people for unconstitutional actions based on their religion, race and national origin, the Religious Freedom Act (Senate Bill 31) is scheduled for a hearing by the Senate Appriopriations Committee on Monday, March 13, along with other bills to protect Californians’ privacy and freedom.

Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced the Religious Freedom Act to protect bedrock Constitutional values by barring California agencies from sharing data that could be used to compile a federal registry based on religion, national origin or ethnicity.

“Candidate Trump on the campaign trail proposed a Muslim registry, and he has already shown a flagrant disregard for American values,” said Sen. Lara. “Targeting people by religion violates the California Constitution and the U.S. Constitution, it’s opposed by California law enforcement leaders, and I’m not going to wait for Trump before we take action.”

The Senate Appropriations Committee meets at 9:30 AM on Monday, March 13, in Capitol Room 4203, and will also hear Senate Bill 6 (Hueso) and Senate Bill 54 (de León).