UPDATE: Please note that Gov. Brown has signed this bill into law. See the article posted at “The Spittoon” for information. The new law goes into effect on January 1, 2012.

The following was received from Katherine Borges, Director of the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG), regarding SB 559 (Padilla), Discrimination: genetic information:

SB 559 is now pending the Governor’s signature (or not – perish the thought!), and in a nutshell, the bill adds the words ‘genetic information’ to the list of things that can’t be used to discriminate against you under California state law, i.e: race, creed, religion, gender, etc., etc. and now hopefully, your DNA.

If you have time over this weekend when you’re not out laboring, please drop a line to Gov. Brown asking him to sign SB 559 into law. The link to e-mail him and my note to him are below. Thanks! Katherine


Dear Hon. Gov. Brown,

Please sign SB 559: The Padilla Bill to Prevent Genetic Discrimination into law.


This is a very important bill which strengthens anti-genetic discrimination protections not covered by federal GINA law.

Thank you.

Katherine Borges

If you agree that your genetic information should be kept free from discrimination, please take a moment to send a message to Gov. Brown asking him to sign this bill into law.

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Elizabeth O’Neal is a genealogist, writer, and web developer who has been tracking her ancestors for nearly three decades. She began writing the blog "Little Bytes of Life" in 2007 as a means of “communicating with humans over the age of 1,” though now her writing is mainly focused on genealogy and technology.

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