Calif. Senate Passes Genetic Anti-Bias Bill

Law360, New York (August 22, 2011, 7:49 PM EDT) -- California state senators on Thursday passed a bill that would add genetic information to the state's civil rights laws and prohibit employers, mortgage lenders, insurers, California agencies and others from discriminating against applicants based on genetic information.

Senate Bill 559, which passed with bipartisan support in a 53-22 vote, now heads to Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. for approval. If signed into law, the bill would not just codify in state law many of the protections included in the federal Genetic Information and Nondiscrimination Act —...
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