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Friday, January 29, 2016

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Discord ongoing over LGBT bill" - is something better than nothing?

Updating this long ILB post from yesterday, summarizing media reports on the marathon first committee hearing on SB 344, Stephanie Wang and Tony Cook of the Indianapolis Star have an interesting story that begins:

A day after a gay rights proposal got its first nod from lawmakers, the leader of the Indiana House put a damper on the measure's chances.

“I’ve yet to talk to someone who thinks the bill is a good idea, with just a couple of few exceptions,” House Speaker Brian Bosma said Thursday.

He also set an unusually high bar for the measure to get an initial hearing in the House — if it even advances that far.

Such a decision is typically left to the chairman of the House committee to which the bill is assigned. But in this case, Bosma said there won’t be a hearing unless the House Republican caucus — which has 71 members — decides it’s a good idea.

“The one thing we have decided on this is we’re going to have a firm caucus discussion about this and the caucus will decide if the bill is going to proceed or not,” he said.

His comments came less than 24 hours after a Senate panel voted to advance the measure, Senate Bill 344, to the full Senate. Only if the proposal clears the Senate would it move to the House.

The bill would add some protections against discrimination for gay Hoosiers in the areas of housing, employment and public accommodations. But it does not include protections for transgender people and it would still allow small wedding service providers, some adoption agencies and religious-affiliated organizations to discriminate based on sexual orientation.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 29, 2016 09:47 AM
Posted to Indiana Government