Content Filed Under: 2017 Legislative Session

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Over the Weekend, Texas Lawmakers Advanced Discriminatory Measures Targeting LGBT Youth

By Adam Polaski • May 22, 2017, 10:12 am Members of the Texas Senate have advanced HB 3859, sweeping legislation that allows taxpayer-funded adoption agencies and foster services to legally discriminate against LGBT people and others, to Governor Greg Abbott for his signature.
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Failing to Learn from North Carolina Disaster, Texas Lt. Gov. Threatens Special Session in Attempt to Pass Anti-Transgender Bill

By Adam Polaski • May 17, 2017, 2:23 pm "While we always knew that Lt. Gov. Patrick opposed the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Texans, we never thought he would hold an entire state’s agenda hostage in an attempt to pass discriminatory laws like SB 6."
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Tennessee Governor Signs Discriminatory LGBT Erasure Bill into Law

By Adam Polaski • May 5, 2017, 1:35 pm Republican Gov. Bill Haslam just signed House Bill 1111 into law. The measure requires the state to interpret all undefined words such as “mother,” “father,” “husband” and “wife,” by their “natural and ordinary meaning."
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Alabama Governor Signs Anti-LGBT Adoption Bill into Law

By Adam Polaski • May 3, 2017, 7:27 pm The new law allows taxpayer funded child placement agencies to discriminate against loving and qualified parents based on the agency’s moral or religious beliefs.
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Tennessee House Passes Bill to Erase Rights for Same-Sex Couples, Parents from State Law

By Adam Polaski • March 16, 2017, 5:31 pm Today, Thursday March 16, the Tennessee House of Representatives advanced legislation that attempts to eliminate rights for same sex couples and parents.
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Texas Senate Engrosses Broad Anti-LGBT Bill SB6 on 21-10 Vote

By Adam Polaski • March 15, 2017, 9:28 am On Tuesday, March 14, the Texas Senate took one more step toward approving SB 6, voting to engross the bill 21-10. The Senate is likely to vote on final passage today.
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New Hampshire House Refuses to Consider Transgender Nondiscrimination Protections

By Adam Polaski • March 10, 2017, 2:18 pm The New Hampshire House of Representatives refused to debate House Bill 478 on Thursday, tabling the bill in a 187-179 vote.
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Following Marathon Hearing Featuring Opponents of SB6, Texas Senate Committee Advances Anti-LGBT Bill

By Adam Polaski • March 8, 2017, 10:04 am According to reports from the Austin American-Statesman and others in attendance, more than 250 Texans offered public testimony against SB 6, while just 29 spoke out in favor.
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As Legislative Session Begins, Florida Competitive Workforce Act is Reintroduced with Bipartisan Support

By Adam Polaski • March 7, 2017, 1:53 pm Today, bipartisan support for the Florida Competitive Workforce Act (CWA) reached a historic level as lawmakers returned to Tallahassee for the 60-day 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.