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California's Turn

First it was Massachusetts, then it was Vermont, and now it's California — legislators from the Golden State have proposed a piece of "genetic legislation" which adds genetics to the list of bases upon which people are protected from discrimination, says Genomics Law Report's Dan Vorhaus. The bill calls for amendments to California's Unruh Civil Rights Act and Fair Employment and Housing Act to include genetic information as an "impermissible basis of discrimination alongside sex, race, color, religion and a number of other specified bases," Vorhaus says. However, although the California legislator that proposed the bill says it would expand on the protections offered by the federal GINA bill, the reality is that many provisions already exist to protect California's residents from genetic discrimination in almost any area, he adds.