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 is a professional genealogist, writer, and consultant. Likes: long walks in the cemetery, and the smell of old courthouse books. Dislikes: people who copy stuff off the internet without giving credit, and county clerks who can't tell the difference between Eastern and Pacific time zones. Secretly hopes her daughter will one day develop an interest in family history (but no luck so far).

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