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BoyScouts.JPGLawmakers today shelved a bill that sought to revoke the Boy Scouts of America's tax-exempt status because of the organization's long-held policy not to permit the participation of openly-gay adults.

The measure, Senate Bill 323 by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, called for stripping the nonprofit status of youth groups that discriminate against participants on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identification. On Thursday, without comment, the bill was put on the inactive file by Assemblywoman Susan Eggman, D-Stockton.

In May, it passed the Senate 27-9, garnering the bare minimum of votes required. The measure needed two-thirds support because it sought to change the state's tax code. The bill had moved through the Legislature even as the Boy Scouts lifted the ban on gay youth participating in its troops.

PHOTO: A Boy Scout troop from Citrus Heights participates in a 2009 Veterans Day ceremony. The Sacramento Bee/Anne Chadwick Williams


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