Assembly Health Committee Approves Medina Bill to Allow Diacritical Marks on Vital Records

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

SACRAMENTO  –  Today the Assembly Health Committee passed Assembly Bill 82 by Assemblymember Jose Medina with bipartisan support.  AB 82 would allow a person’s name to be accurately recorded on their vital records.

 “A name is closely tied to a person’s identity, history, and heritage,” said Assemblymember Medina. “It should be accurately represented on important documents, and parents should have the right to choose a name without government interference.”

The passage of Proposition 63 in 1986 declared English as the official language of the State of California. Consequently, diacritical marks were not permitted in state records. AB 82 will allow the use of diacritical marks, such as accents, tildes, and umlauts, on vital records, including birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage licenses.

“Not all states omit diacritical marks in their records,” Medina added. “As a state that prides itself on its inclusiveness and diversity, I hope California will provide this fundamental right to its residents.”

AB 82 will next be heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.  

Assemblymember Medina proudly represents California’s 61st Assembly District, which consists of Riverside, Moreno Valley, and Perris.

Website of Assemblymember Jose Medina: http://asmdc.org/Medina