Update: bill that would tax Boy Scouts passes first hurdle

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SB 323, the California bill aimed at revoking the Boy Scouts’ tax-exempt status due to its discrimination policy, has passed the first round of voting. In a 5 to 2 vote, the Senate Governance and Finance Committee elected to refer the bill for review.

The bill is the first of its kind, and would bar non-profit youth groups from being eligible for tax breaks if they discriminate “on the basis of gender identity, race, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, or religious affiliation.”

As the law stands now, the Boy Scouts, like many other non-profit youth organizations, are exempt from paying corporate taxes on income from sources such as membership dues and donations, and sales taxes on food and other items sold at fundraisers.

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