California State Legislators Vote to Repeal the ‘California Civil Rights Initiative’ From the State Constitution

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ACA 5 was rejected by the voters via a 57-42 vote by the people of California on November 3rd, 2020.

After passing in the California State Assembly on June 10, 2020, California Assembly Constitutional Amendment No. 5 (ACA 5) is being sent to the citizens of California to vote on after it was approved in the California State Senate on June 24, 2020. On the ballots in California on November 3, 2020, voters of the state will have the opportunity to vote for or against the proposition ACA 5.

​What is ACA 5?
ACA 5 is a constitutional amendment to the California Constitution that effectively repeals Section 31 of Article 1 [1], which was modeled off of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, saying the following: 

The State shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.

Article 1 Section 31 Clause (a), California Constitution

This section of the state constitution is referred to as Proposition 209 and was passed and approved on November 5, 1996. 

ACA 5, the repealing of Proposition 209, was voted for by every single democrat in the state legislature, with outside US congressmen and women showing their support for the amendment as well, most notably Kamala Harris, who is being considered as a Vice Presidential running mate for Joe Biden. In contrast, every republican opposed the amendment, with an exception of 1 in each house [2]. ​

Referenced Sources:
[1] Article 1 Section 31 (Proposition 209) of the California Constitution 
[2] ​Support and Opposition for ACA 5