Professor Larson Testifies for California Assembly on Parental Naming Rights
On April 8, Professor Carlton Larson testified before the California Assembly Health Committee on Assembly Bill 2528, which would require the state to allow the use diacritical marks in birth certificates, marriage certificates, and death certificates.
Professor Larson has worked with staff of Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, the bill's sponsor, on the issue of parental naming rights, and his paper, "Naming Baby: The Constitutional Dimensions of Parental Naming Rights," is cited in the measure's summary. The bill passed the Health Committee 16-2 and has moved on the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
Carlton Larson's research interests focus on constitutional law and legal history, with a strong emphasis on the 18th century.
Assembly Bill 2528