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July 15, 2019

New York is officially the second state to make it illegal for employers to discriminate against employees because of the way they wear their hair. The signing of this law comes on the heels of California's recently enacted CROWN Act, which made the state the first in the country to ban employers from discriminating against people with natural hair. "By introducing the bill, I wanted to use it as an opportunity to educate my colleagues about the unique experience and opportunities of having black hair. I didn't want them to see it as a negative," Los Angeles Democratic senator Holly Mitchell told Glamour.

July 11, 2019

Democrat Sen. Holly Mitchell, who introduced the bill earlier this year known as the Creating a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair (CROWN) Act, said that the new law is about “inclusion, pride and choice.”

“The law protects the right of Black Californians to choose to wear their hair in its natural form, without pressure to conform to Eurocentric norms,” CNN reports Mitchell said in a statement. “I am so excited to see the culture change that will ensue from the law.”

July 04, 2019

“Where is the justice when black men and women are denied access to economic advancement because of their natural appearance?,” state senator Holly J. Mitchell wondered on April 22, when she first presented the CROWN Act (or Bill SB-188) which would ban discrimination against natural hair. It passed the Senate on a 37-0 bipartisan vote and last Thursday, June 27, California’s state assembly voted 69-0 to pass the bill. This morning, Governor Gavin Newsom officially signed the bill into law, making California the first state to ban discrimination against natural hair, including afros, braids, twists, and locks (or locs).

July 04, 2019

A new law signed Wednesday by Gov. Gavin Newsom makes California the first state to ban discrimination against black students and employees over their natural hairstyles. The authors of this new law say women with kinky and curly hair are sometimes subject to unequal treatment, and can even be viewed as inferior. California state Sen. Holly Mitchell introduced the first law to associate hair as an extension of one's race, which is legally protected. 

June 18, 2019

'THE CROWN ACT' Passes with NY Senate Vote 46-16 Prohibiting Race Discrimination Based on Natural Hair and Hairstyles

Dove Continues Its Advocacy for a World Where All Women Can Celebrate Their Individual Beauty

#THECROWNACT #THECROWNCOALITION

June 18, 2019

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By Adam Beam

California lawmakers are negotiating a pair of proposed tax increases as the deadline approaches for Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom to sign a $214.8 billion operating budget.

Lawmakers approved the budget bill last week, but lawmakers still must pass more than a dozen “trailer bills” that detail how the money must be spent.

June 17, 2019

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By the Chronicle Editorial Board

June 17, 2019

This year, state Sen. Holly Mitchell introduced SB 144—the Families Over Fees Act—which would eliminate many administrative fees and discharge billions in debt, according to estimates from backers of the bill.

June 15, 2019

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By Bryan Anderson

June 14, 2019

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Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and Budget Committee Chair Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) issued the following statement after the Senate passed the main budget bill yesterday:

“Today the Senate passed a strong budget that stands on its own and meets our constitutional deadline for passing a balanced budget by June 15.