Friday, May 6, 2011

Two CCBA-Sponsored Bills Clear Assembly

Two bills co-sponsored by the Conference of California Bar Associations, AB 433 (Lowenthal) and AB 699 (Wagner) cleared the midway point in the legislative process yesterday (Thursday, May 5) by winning approval from their house of origin, the Assembly. The bills now head for the Senate for further consideration.

AB 433, by Assembly Member Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), simplifies the existing process by which a transgender person obtains appropriate identification documents by bringing state law into conformity with the medical standard applied by the U.S. state department and current medical understanding of gender transition. The bill, which is co-sponsored by the Transgender Law Center, Equality California and the CCBA (Resolution 04-12-2010), was approved on a vote of 52-22.

AB 699, by Assembly Judiciary Committee Vice-Chair Don Wagner (R-Irvine) would allow an owner of real property to pass the property simply and directly to a beneficiary on the owner’s death without probate by means of a recorded Revocable Transfer on Death Deed (RTODD). Thirteen states have previously enacted legislation authorizing a RTODD, going back 22 years, and the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL), the body which develops the uniform acts adopted across the nation, has developed a Uniform Real Property Transfer on Death Act based on RTODD’s, which it encourages all states without RTODD legislation to adopt. AB 699 is co-sponsored by California Communities United Institute and the CCBA (Resolution 12-06-2009). It was approved on a vote of 67-11.

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