By:   Meagan D. Christiansen

Existing law required that the Department of General Services track and report on the State’s contracting activity with businesses, including such owner characteristics as ethnicity, race and gender. AB 1960 simply extends the characteristics tracked in the database to include businesses owned by lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individuals. While California law prohibits contracting preferences or quotas for such minority owned business enterprises, data is collected for statistical and reporting purposes.