Content Filed Under: 2017 Legislative Session

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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.
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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