SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — The state Assembly has approved legislation barring California public schools from using the Redskins name for teams and mascots.
AB30 by Assemblyman Luis Alejo, a Democrat from Watsonville, would prevent public schools from using the controversial term as a school or athletic team name, mascot, or nickname starting in 2017. The move has been deemed The Racial Mascots Act.READ MORE: San Jose Arts Committee Votes to Remove Controversial Statue of Thomas Fallon
The Assembly voted 59-7 in favor of the bill Monday, sending it to the state Senate.
Four California schools would be impacted if passed: Gustine High School in Merced County, Calaveras High School in Calaveras County, Chowchilla Union High School in Madera County and Tulare Union High School in Tulare County.READ MORE: Multiple Earthquakes Rattle Sierra Nevada Near Truckee Thursday Night
The legislation comes as American Indian groups have protested continued use of the name, which many consider racially derogatory, and amid a fight over the NFL’s Washington Redskins.
A federal panel ruled last year that the team’s trademark should be canceled, but the team is challenging that decision in federal court.MORE NEWS: Pandemic Weight Problems, Eating Disorders Affect Children
This is the second time state lawmakers have tried to ban the term. A similar bill was vetoed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2004.