A New Law to Raise GINA’s Floor in California

Jennifer K. Wagner, J.D., Ph.D., is a solo-practicing attorney in State College, PA and a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Integration of Genetic Healthcare Technologies.

Earlier this fall, California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB559 (pdf), the bill referred to as “CalGINA” (i.e., the California Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act). The bill was double-jointed with AB887 (pdf), the Gender Nondiscrimination Act, which ultimately meant that CalGINA would only take effect if Governor Brown also signed AB887 into law. He did so on October 9, 2011, so both laws are scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2012.
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