Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

Milk bill clears Assembly panel

A bill that would recognize the late San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk’s birthday sailed through the Assembly Education Committee Wednesday, April 23. If it passes the Legislature and is signed into law, California would become the first state toe designate a day commemorating an LGBT leader.

The bill, AB 2567 by Assemblyman Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), passed out of committee on a 7-3 vote. It would proclaim May 22 as Harvey Milk Day, recognizing the anniversary of Milk’s birth. Leno announced he was introducing the bill earlier this year, as the Gus Van Sant movie “Milk” was being filmed in the Castro.

“He was a true American hero who gave hope to a generation of gay and lesbian individuals, and this bill will help honor and preserve his legacy for years to come,” Leno said in a statement.

“Harvey Milk knowingly risked his life because he believed that by living as an openly gay man he would help achieve full equality for all people,” Equality California Executive Director Geoff Kors said in a statement. EQCA is sponsoring the bill.

The bill comes at a time when there is renewed interest in Milk’s life and career. In addition to the movie, a bust of Milk is set to be unveiled in City Hall on May 22, which would have been Milk’s 78th birthday. Milk and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated in 1978 by Dan White, a former supervisor.

Should the bill become law, it would not result in a paid state holiday. Due to the state’s budget deficit, Leno crafted the bill in a way so as not to generate additional state costs or increase the number of paid state holidays.

— Cynthia Laird, April 24, 2008 @ 11:19 am PST
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