California lawmakers are currently awaiting a final vote on the bill, SB 323 that proposes to remove the exemption from state taxes for nonprofit youth groups that discriminates on the basis of “gender identity, race, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, or religious affiliation.” It is alleged that this legislation seeks to target groups such Girl Scouts of the USA, Boy Scouts of America, and Little League International Baseball and Softball.
The bill was introduced by Democratic state Senator Ricardo Lara in February. The legislation is expected to affected organizations such as Boy Scouts because of its policy to exclude gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals from participating as scouts or adult leaders. The bill also cites twenty organizations that may be affected which includes the Boy Scouts of America.
According to Senator Lara, SB 323 seeks to end the discriminatory and outdated practices of certain youth groups in the event that they fail to comply with non-discrimination laws. In June, the bill was passed by a two-thirds vote in the Senate, and was passed by the Assembly Tax and Revenue and Judiciary committees earlier in August.