Judge sides with Bonta on transgender ballot measure title

Bonta’s use of the word “restrict” is allowed to stay, a California judge tentatively ruled.

A judge has rejected a request to change the name of a ballot measure in California that would require schools to notify parents if a student identifies as transgender. 

With the ruling on Monday, the title that Attorney General Rob Bonta placed on the measure – Restricts Rights of Transgender Youth – will stay. 


The big picture: Proponents of the measure wanted the name changed back to the Protect Kids of California Act, but Judge Stephen Acquisto wrote in a tentative ruling that Bonta’s name was accurate. 

  • Along with requiring parental notification, the measure would also ban biological boys in grade seven and up from participating in girls’ sports, as well as banning gender-affirming care for minors. 
  • The ruling is a setback for the group behind the measure, called Protect Kids California, as they try to collect enough signatures to qualify for the fall ballot.

What we’re watching: Protect Kids California has collected over 200,000 signatures so far, but in order to qualify for the November ballot, the group will need to submit at least 550,000 signatures. 

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