SB 596Primary Author:
Anthony J. Portantino (D)
Status: Assigned To Assembly Committee
SB 596 would provide that any person who subjects a school employee to “threats” or “harassment” after school hours or outside of school is guilty of a misdemeanor. SB 596 is an overly broad and vague bill that targets the First Amendment rights of parents, guardians, and other concerned community members. The bill goes so far as to define “harassment” as communication that “seriously alarms” or “annoys” the person “that serves no legitimate purpose.” SB 596 will undoubtedly be used as a tool to go after parents who vocalize their opposition to offensive content or divisive curricula in schools.
Referred to Assembly Committee on Education and Committee on Public Safety