SENATE BILL 702
HOPE believes that democracy and governance are stronger when everyone has a seat at the table.
SB702 would require the office of the Governor to create an annual report on the demographic composition of the all appointees made that year. This report will ultimately serve as a tool to highlight what voices and communities are missing from decision-making tables and offer concrete policy recommendations to diversify boards and commissions across the state.
This unique bill can help address equity in the state by encouraging people from diverse backgrounds to apply for boards and commissions. The bill can also help create the stepping stones towards creating a government reflective of its population. Say yes on SB702 for #ACaliforniaLikeMe.
Steps to Passing
☑ Bill Introduction 2/17
☑ Senate Governmental Organization Committee 4/20 - PASSED 11/0 Vote
☑ Senate Judiciary Committee - PASSED 7/0 Vote
☐ Senate Appropriations
☐ Senate Floor
☐ Assembly Governmental Organization Committee
☐ Assembly Judiciary Committee
☐ Assembly Floor
☐ Governor Newsom's Desk
Thank you for making your voice heard!
California's leadership does not fully represent its diverse population.
One in every five Californians identify as Latina, yet Latinas remain under-represented in the U.S. Senate, on the bench, in statewide offices, and at the local and county level.
California has never elected a Latina U.S. Senator. California has never seen a Latina serve as a Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, State Controller, State Treasurer, Insurance Commissioner, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and on the State Board of Equalization.
As of the 2020 election, Latinas only make up 13% of Assembly seats and 20% of Senate seats. Only a total of 19 Latinas serve in the State Legislature.
how sb702 helps
To ensure California leadership reflects its greater population, the collection of gubernatorial appointee’s demographic data is a critical step to achieving gender, racial and ethnic equity in California’s boards and commissions. This annual report will serve as a tool to shed light where inequities in representation exist, encourage outreach to communities of interest, and address any system barriers.
Increasing the diversity of California's board and commission members will reflect the rich diversity of California's population, creating a stronger state and more equitable communities.
more about the bill
SB 702 is authored by Senator Monique Limón.
SB 702 requires the Office of the Governor, on or before August 1, 2022, and annually thereafter, to report to the Legislature, aggregate demographic information of individuals appointed by the Governor and those who applied and were not appointed.
The bill also requires the report to be published on the website of the Office of the Governor. Additionally, SB702 requires the office of the Governor to convene, on or before March 1, 2022, a working group to discuss and make recommendations on the most effective way to ensure the state’s leadership on boards and commissions reflects the diversity in race, gender identity, class, region, and creed, among other things that are representative of the state.
SB702 requires these recommendations to be completed and delivered to the Legislature no later than December 1, 2022. For purposes of this bill, “demographic information” shall mean the ethnicity, gender, disability status, veteran status and sexual orientation of the appointed individual to the extent that the individual agrees to disclose such information.