What Happened in California
by Susan Graham
Legislation was introduced in California (SB 1615) on February 24, 2006 by Senator Joe Simitian. It was a bad piece of legislation from the start, and was made even worse by various amendments. The bill in its original form did not contain the word "multiracial" (not a good thing). It made it possible for state forms to allow people to check more than one box (a good thing if done without reallocation to one race and with the term "multiracial"). In other words, California forms would simply mimic federal forms and federal reallocation schemes.