Other Issues - Anti-Discrimination Laws

LWVAL Action Priority Level III - Issues identified by LWVAL Advocacy Committee and/or State Board or Local Leagues. Monitoring occurs; action dependent on opportunity and available resources.

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LWVAL has taken a position on these bills:

thumbs_up_icon.jpgHB8 - Hate crimes, motivated by victim's sexual orientation, additional penalties imposed, Sec. 13A-5-13 am'd.

Sponsor(s): Representative Givan

Synopsis: This bill adds "sexual orientation or gender identity or expression" to the characteristics protected under the hate crimes statutes.


League Action and Justification: Support. League endorses protection of LGBTQ persons.

Bill Progress in Legislature:
02/07/2017:
First Read and assigned to House committee on Economic Development and Tourism (ED&T)

thumbs_up_icon.jpgHB74 - Civil Rights, provide right of a person to be free from discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or familial status; remedies provided

Sponsor(s): Representative England

Synopsis: This bill would provide that the right of a person to be free from discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or familial status is a civil right and would provide remedies for violations.

The bill also defines various exclusions including "lodging establishments of not more than five rooms for rent and which is actually occupied by the proprietor of such establishment as a residence; any private club or other establishment not in fact open to the public; house of worship."


League Action and Justification: Support. League endorses protection of LGBTQ persons.

Bill Progress in Legislature:
02/07/2017:
First Read and assigned to House committee on Judiciary (JUD)

green-right-arrow.jpgthumbs_up_icon.jpgSB141 - Employment discrimination, prohibited based on race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or age

Sponsor(s): Senator Singleton

Synopsis: This bill would prohibit discrimination against a certain state employee or a prospective state employee on the basis of his or her race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or age.

This bill would also provide that a violation of this act does not authorize a state employee or prospective state employee to pursue a private cause of action against the state or any state employee.


League Action and Justification: Support.

Bill Progress in Legislature:
02/09/2017:
First Read and referred to Senate committee on Governmental Affairs (GA)

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