Nevada State Senate Passes Two Non-Discrimination Bills; Now on to Assembly
April 25, 2011 by Adrian Matanza, Regional Field Director
This morning, on the eve of the legislative crossover deadline, the Nevada State Senate considered three bills that would add transgender protections to the state’s law books. SB368, legislation that would add protection in housing on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression passed with a bipartisan vote of 13-8. SB331, which would prohibit discrimination in places of public accommodation on the basis of gender identity or expression, passed on party lines with all eleven Democrats voting in favor. Unfortunately, SB180, which would expand the state’s hate crimes law to include gender identity or expression fell one vote short of passage.
The bills now head to the Assembly, where Democrats hold a comfortable majority of 26 to 16. Previously, the Assembly passed AB211, legislation that would prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of gender identity or expression with three Republicans voting with the Democratic majority. The Senate committee on Commerce, Labor and Energy will be considering this bill on Wednesday. We are hopeful that it will move easily to the Senate floor and by judging by today’s successes, will continue on to the desk of Governor Brian Sandoval for signing into law.
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