Content Filed Under: 2017 Legislative Session

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In Strong Bipartisan 15-2 Vote, New Hampshire Committee Recommends Passage of Transgender Non-Discrimination Bill

By Adam Polaski • February 22, 2017, 3:57 pm This afternoon, members of a New Hampshire House committee voted 15-2 in favor of legislation that would update the state’s laws prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing and public spaces to explicitly include the state’s transgender residents.
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Global Investors Representing $11 Trillion in Assets Speak Out against TX’s SB 6

By Adam Polaski • February 21, 2017, 12:11 pm A group of more than 30 global investors representing $11 trillion in assets today announced their opposition to SB 6, the discriminatory legislation in Texas that mirrors North Carolina’s HB 2 law
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VICTORY: Jacksonville City Council Passes LGBT-Inclusive Non-Discrimination Ordinance

By Adam Polaski • February 14, 2017, 6:58 pm Today, February 14, the City Council in Jacksonville, Florida passed the #JaxHRO, which updates the Jacksonville Human Rights Ordinance to ensure that LGBT people are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

South Dakota Senate Bill 149

February 8, 2017, 1:21 pm

Florida House Bill 17

February 7, 2017, 2:57 pm
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Report: Texas Lt. Gov. Has Not Sought Counsel from Law Enforcement on Anti-LGBT Bill

By Adam Polaski • February 3, 2017, 3:41 pm In Texas this week, two of the state's top law enforcement organizations rejected Senate Bill 6, the terrible anti-LGBT law modeled off of North Carolina's HB2, which restricts restroom access for transgender people and knocks down local non-discrimination ordinances protecting LGBT people.
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Bipartisan and Comprehensive LGBT Non-Discrimination Bill Filed in Florida Today

By Adam Polaski • February 2, 2017, 2:14 pm The bipartisan legislation already enjoys the support of the more than 450 businesses working together through the Florida Competes coalition to advance the bill.
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Sponsors of Anti-Transgender Locker Room Restrictions Bill Withdraws Legislation in South Dakota

By Adam Polaski • January 31, 2017, 12:31 pm This morning, before a scheduled committee hearing in the South Dakota Senate, the lead sponsor of SB 115, a dangerous piece of legislation targeting transgender students in South Dakota, announced that he has pulled his bill from consideration.
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Lawmakers and Businesses Put LGBT Protections on Arizona’s 2017 Agenda

By Megan Clayton • January 30, 2017, 4:28 pm Earlier today, state Senate Minority Leader Katie Hobbs and House Minority Leader Rebecca Rios introduced two bills that would update Arizona’s non-discrimination laws to include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals as well as veterans.

Illinois House Bill 664

January 27, 2017, 2:58 pm
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As Wyoming Lawmakers Withdraw Bill, Republican Governor Dissuades Focus on Anti-LGBT Legislation

By Adam Polaski • January 27, 2017, 10:38 am Wyoming Equality, the statewide organization that worked to defeat the bill, posted to Facebook shortly after: "You did it! Thanks to your calls, your letters, your outcry, HB 135 is dead. But the fight isn't over, we need you more than ever to fight these bills and support the good ones."

New Mexico Senate Bill 121

January 20, 2017, 8:16 pm
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New Report Highlights Economic Impact of Georgia’s Lack of Modern Civil Rights Laws, Including LGBT Protections

By Megan Clayton • January 17, 2017, 11:37 am The report, titled Liberty & Justice in Georgia: Protecting Our Heritage & Growing Our Competitive Future, speaks in detail about this lapse in basic civil rights protections, a status that places Georgia as one of the weakest states in the nation in terms of its ability to protect citizens from discrimination, including LGBT people.
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Tourism & Convention Leaders Gather In Austin, Warn Of SB6’s Dire Economic Consequences

By Megan Clayton • January 12, 2017, 4:22 pm Leaders in the tourism, convention and meeting planning industries met in Austin Wednesday to speak out about Senate Bill 6, a North Carolina-style “bathroom bill” that would ban transgender people from using restrooms in public places and would overturn local laws that protect transgender people from discrimination.
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South Dakota Governor Latest Republican Leader to Dismiss Need for Anti-Transgender Legislation

By Adam Polaski • January 12, 2017, 1:48 pm Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard of South Dakota said there is no need to revive last year’s ill-fated legislation to ban transgender individuals from using the restroom that matches their gender identity.