Assembly approves ban on Redskins school team name

May 4, 2015 6:12 PM by News Staff

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 Assembly voted 59-7 in favor of the bill Monday, sending it to the state Senate.

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.

Colusa High School was the last North State school to drop the nickname. The school board ordered the name change in 2012, and the community voted to go with the Red Hawk mascot moving forward.

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