A California lawmaker has introduced legislation that would prohibit the state from using taxpayer money to “sexistly” advertise political ads in the state’s November election.
In a statement, Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Los Angeles, called for the California State Legislature to adopt the legislation.
“If you’re going to promote sexism, sexism has nothing to do with it,” he said.
“We have to protect women from discrimination.
And we have to fight for women’s rights.”
Bonta also said that the law should be challenged in court.
California has enacted laws banning “sexism” in advertising, and Bontas proposed bill would ban political advertisements that “promote or exploit gender stereotyping.”
He said the ads would only be banned in the 2018 state legislative election.
California already has strict campaign finance laws that prohibit candidates and parties from coordinating with outside groups or relying on third-party groups to finance or coordinate their campaign.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.