CRECNOClassification by Race, Ethnicity, Color or National Origin (Proposition 54, California)
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CRECNO, or the Classification by Race, Ethnicity, Color, or National Origin Initiative, prohibits such classification "in the operation of public education, public contracting or public employment." The measure also prohibits the gathering of data by "any other state operations" unless there is a specific legislative as well as executive finding of "compelling state interest." The only exemptions to the law are compliance with federal law, data about specific medical research and the "assignment of prisoners and undercover law enforcement officers" or other "law enforcement duties."
CRECNO is always described as barring "racial" data, but it also bars information about ethnicity and national origin.