SB 899 (Hueso) To End Gender Bias In Prices Passes Senate Judiciary Committee
[CFC press release:] SB 899 (Hueso), the bill sponsored by Consumer Federation of California (CFC) to end gender-based discrimination in retail pricing in California, passed in the Senate Judiciary Committee today by a vote of 5-1.
All Democrats were in favor, including Chair Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, and Senators Robert Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys; Mark Leno, D-San Francisco; William Monning, D-Carmel; and Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont. Senator John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, voted No. Senator Joel Anderson, R-Alpine, was absent.
The need for SB 899 was documented most recently by a December 2015 study, “From Cradle to Cane: The Cost of Being a Female Consumer,” published by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs.
San Diego-area Senator Ben Hueso’s bill now moves to the Senate Floor.
SB 899 is co-authored by Senator Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, and supported by the following organizations in addition to CFC (partial list):
- California NOW
- California Public Interest Research Group
- California Assn. of Retired Americans
- Equal Rights Advocates
- Mujeres Unidas y Activas
- Older Women’s League
- Women’s Foundation of California