ACA 5:

Restoring Affirmative Action for the Public Sector


Assemblymember Shirley Weber

Would have restored the ability for the public sector to utilize affirmative action in public contracting, public employment and public education in order to directly address racial and gender equity in state hiring and college admissions. Assembly Constitutional Amendment (ACA) 5, which required voter approval, became Proposition 16 on the November 2020 General Election ballot and was rejected by voters, would have repealed a 1996 voter approved initiative (Proposition 209) which banned the use of affirmative action in the public sector.

Bill info from the legislature

CLCV Supported


Passed Assembly 60-17

Passed Senate 30-13

Passed by the Legislature but rejected by voters

VOTE EVENT: Vote in Senate Labor, Public Employment & Retirement Committee, June 17, 2020Status: Passed

vote key

PRO-ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION:ANTI-ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION:DID NOT VOTEDid not vote on good bill. Counted negatively.DID NOT VOTEDid not vote on a bad bill. Counted negatively.EXCUSEDAbsent due to illness or family leave; not counted positively or negatively.

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