UPDATE, February 26, 2014: The rights of transgender students to participate in school activities according to their expressed gender, signed into law last year by Governor Brown, will not be challenged on the California ballot in November, reported Lisa Leff of the Associated Press yesterday.
Opponents, represented on the petition by Chino-based Gina Gleason, head of a newly formed organization, Privacy for All Students, failed to gather eough qualified voter signatures to place the referendum to repeal the law before the voters. One major donor to Privacy for All Students was Herman J. Rowland, Sr., chairman of the board of Jelly Belly Candy Co.) On the Privacy for All Students website, a post by Danielle Cullum (director of early childhood development at Generations/Capitol Foursquare Church in Sacramento) declares that the battle to overturn the law "is not over," and that a legal challenge to the disqualifications will ensue.
At least 504,760 signatures were required to force a public vote on the statute...619,387 were submitted to the Sectretary of State...but state election officers determined that just 487,484 of them were valid, according to a final count posted on Secretary of State Debra Bowen's website...
UPDATE, January 9, 2014: Reporting in EdSource yesterday, Jane Meredith Adams announced: A referendum to overturn...[the California School Success and Opportunity Act]... failed to qualify for the November ballot based on a random sampling of signatures and is now subject to a full count of signatures, the California Secretary of State’s office said Wednesday...[the circulated referendum by opponents to overturn the law was submitted in November with] more than 620,000 signatures. To immediately qualify for the ballot by random sample, the secretary of state sets a high bar: 555,236 signatures must be projected to be valid, according to the secretary’s office.
But county election offices projected that only 482,582 of the signatures are valid, moving the referendum qualification process to the next step, a full count of the signatures. For the full count, which is due by Feb. 24, the state requires that 504,760 signatures be valid to put the referendum on the ballot.
The proponents of the referendum, however, put a topspin on the story, as reported by the Associated Press:
A spot check of petitions ...showed enough were valid to trigger further review of the signatures needed to qualify the measure for the November ballot...the referendum's backers — a coalition of conservative groups called Privacy for All Students — obtained 95.6% of the 504,760 signatures required to force a public vote on the law... a few thousand more than they needed to prompt the next step in the qualification process — a full check of all 619,244 signatures submitted...
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