Nondiscrimination bill gets a hearing but tabled by Senate committee

From the Deseret News
by Marjorie Cortez

SALT LAKE CITY — A legislative committee tabled a bill Friday that would prohibit discrimination in employment and housing statewide because of a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity or political views.

Meeting in a standing-room only committee room in the state Capitol, the Senate Government Operations and Political Subdivisions Committee, voted 4-2 to tableSB51.

The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Ben McAdams, D-Salt Lake, said he was “disappointed” in the committee’s action but said progress was made in the respect that this was the first year the bill had received a committee hearing. McAdams had introduced nondiscrimination legislation in four previous legislative sessions.

The hearing gave committee members an opportunity to learn more about discrimination and the law and gave McAdams the chance to better understand their concerns, he said.

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