Senator Bob Huff
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 17, 2014
CONTACT: Bill Bird @ 916-651-4029
Senate Minority Leader Huff Issues Statement on SCA 5
SACRAMENTO: Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) issued the following statement today following the latest developments regarding SCA 5.
“Today Speaker Perez sent SCA 5 back to the Senate without taking the matter up in the Assembly. While this is a temporary victory for the many families and students who have rallied against this attempt to re-introduce institutionalized discrimination in our public schools, we must remain vigilant.”
“Senate President pro Tem Steinberg restated in his release that he still supports SCA 5, but wants a “calm and intelligent discussion about what Affirmative Action is and is not.”’
“The people pushing SCA 5 repeatedly try to change the discussion with misinformation, saying that people don’t understand the issue. The opposite is true. There has been an outcry across the state, because people do understand the issue. As summarized by the non-partisan Legislative Counsel regarding SCA 5, “The California Constitution prohibits the state from discriminating against, or granting preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting. This measure would eliminate this prohibition on state discrimination or preference in the operation of public education.” SCA 5 will allow once again institutionalized discrimination in our public schools.”
“As stated famously by Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, John Roberts: “The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.”’
“Using their super-majority, Democrats passed SCA 5 out of the Senate on January 30th to the Assembly on a party-line vote. Republicans will continue to oppose this measure in any way, shape or form.”
Senator Huff serves as the Senate Minority Leader and represents the 29th Senate District covering portions of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino Counties. Follow Senator Huff on Twitter @bobhuff99.