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Nevada Assembly Votes to Add Gender Identity and Expression to State’s Hate Crimes Law

Post submitted by Adrian Matanza, Former HRC Regional Field Director

Moments ago, SB139, legislation that would add gender identity and expression to the state’s current hate crimes law passed the Nevada State Assembly, 30 to 11.

Last month, this bill, sponsored by openly lesbian State Senator Pat Spearman, passed the Senate with all but one senator voting in favor.

Similar legislation passed in the state assembly during the last legislative session in 2011, only failing in the Senate. During that session, the legislature passed transgender inclusive non-discrimination legislation in housing, public accommodations and employment. Republican Governor Brian Sandoval signed all three pieces of legislation during the first year of his first term and is expected to sign this bill as well.

Find out how your state assemblyperson voted on this piece of important legislation by clicking here.

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