SB-31, the California Religious Freedom Act, is a California Senate bill that would prevent California from participating in any religious-based registry. The bill would prohibit state and local agencies from providing or disclosing to the federal government any information regarding a person's religious beliefs, practices, or affiliations when that information is being sought for compiling a database of individuals based on religion, national origin, or ethnicity for law enforcement or immigration purposes. It would also prohibit state agencies from using resources to assist with any government program compiling such a database, or making any existing state databases available in connection with any investigation or enforcement under such a program. State agencies would also be prohibited from including any questions regarding an applicant's race, sex, marital status, or religion in any application form for employment.
Introduced into the California Senate on December 5, 2016 by Senator Ricardo Lara.
The bill passed the California Senate on April 3, 2017, on a vote of 36-0.
The bill passed the California Assembly with amendments on September 15, 2017, on a vote of 76-2. In San Diego County, all Assembly members (Chávez, Gloria, Gonzalez Fletcher, Maienschein, Voepel, Waldron, Weber) voted for the bill.
The Assembly's amendments to the bill were concurred in by the state Senate on September 15, 2017, on a vote of 36-0. In San Diego County, all Senators (Anderson, Atkins, Bates, Hueso) voted for the bill.
The bill was signed into law on October 15, 2017.