Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Will Florida Become Number Nineteen?

A sexual orientation and gender identity non-discrimination bill has been introduced in the Florida legislature.
Florida lawmakers peg anti-LGBT discrimination bill to economic viability
Tampa Bay Business Journal
By Margie Manning
Nov 24, 2014

Measures that would prohibit discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people on the job and in public housing and accommodations will get another chance in the Florida Legislature.

Rep. Holly Raschein, R-Key Largo, and Sen. Joseph Abruzzo, D-Boynton Beach, filed bills in the Florida House and Senate respectively that would add protections for more than 536,000 LGBT adults in Florida, according to a statement from Equality Florida, a civil rights organization focused on the LGBT community. Florida is one of 29 states that lacks statewide non-discrimination protections for LGBT individuals.
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Raschein co-sponsored the measure last year, but it failed to advance out of committee.
Will the bi-partisan bill make it out of committee this year or will it meet the same fate as all the other bills? Will we be dropped in order to pass the bill?

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