Bill aiming to ban ‘Redskins’ in California schools heads to Senate

30th District Assemmbly Member Luis Alejo speaks in 2014 during the South Valley Legislative Summit at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Assemblyman Luis Alejo’s bill aiming to ban the use of “Redskins” as a public school mascot name in California is headed to the State Senate for a vote.
The California Racial Mascots Act passed through the Assembly on May 4. The bill passed through the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday and is next headed to the full Senate, according to Alejo’s office.
Alejo, D-Salinas, represents San Benito County and introduced the California Racial Mascots Act in the Assembly in December. It would ban the use of the name in light of public pressure for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League to change the longstanding team name.
There are four California public high schools listed with the Redskins mascot on MaxPreps.com. They include Gustine, Calaveras, Tulare and Chowchilla. There are 69 high schools in the nation with the school mascot listed on the prep sports website.
The bill passed the Assembly in a 60-9 vote.

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