SACRAMENTO — A bill that would end California laws that criminalize HIV cleared its first legislative hurdle in Sacramento.
The Senate Public Safety Committee approved SB 239 by a vote of 5-2 on Tuesday.
The bill moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee.
The bill, authored by State Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) is co-sponsored by ACLU of California, APLA Health, Black AIDS Institute, Equality California, Lambda Legal and Positive Women’s Network – USA.
In addition, it is supported by Californians for HIV Criminalization Reform, a broad coalition of people living with HIV, HIV and health service providers, civil rights organizations and public health professionals: the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the Los Angeles HIV Law and Policy Project, the Transgender Law Center, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Free Speech Coalition, Sex Workers Outreach Project and Erotic Service Providers Legal, Education, and Research Project.