Two bills backed by Stop AAPI Hate passed the California State Legislature Tuesday without any opposition.
They will now advance to Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) for his approval.
The measures dubbed the No Place for Hate Bills are aimed at stemming hate crimes directed at members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities on public transit, streets and retail stores.
SB1161 authored by Senator Dave Min directs transit agencies to collect data on when, where and why street harassment occurs and how it impacts transit riders.
Supporters say similar surveys have been conducted by the regional subway system, BART and Los Angeles’ Metro and both led to action plans leading to increased safety measures.
The survey would be directed by the Mineta Transportation Institute of San Jose State University.
The aim is to prevent street harassment in public spaces — the most prevalent form of hate incidents Stop AAPI Hate found to occur through its two years of data collection.
AB2448 calls for the state’s Civil Rights Department to create a program to encourage businesses to train their employees not to discriminate against customers and to inform customers of their rights.
The bills, although inspired by the rise in anti-Asian hate, would also benefit Black Californians and other minorities in the state including the LGBTQ community and other marginalized people.
SB1161 passed the State Senate Tuesday 39 – 0 with one member not present.
AB2448 passed the Assembly 75 to 0 with 5 members abstaining.
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