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Florida Lawmakers File Anti-LGBT Discrimination Bills

rainbowflag-304xx490-327-0-12Florida Lawmakers File Anti-LGBT Discrimination Bills

Measures that would prohibit discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people on the job and in public housing and accommodations will get another chance in the Florida Legislature.

Rep. Holly Raschein, R-Key Largo, and Sen. Joseph Abruzzo, D-Boynton Beach, filed bills in the Florida House and Senate respectively that would add protections for more than 536,000 LGBT adults in Florida, according to a statement from Equality Florida, a civil rights organization focused on the LGBT community. Florida is one of 29 states that lacks statewide non-discrimination protections for LGBT individuals.

“In order to remain economically competitive in a global marketplace, Florida must provide an environment that is welcoming to all,” Abruzzo, the Democratic Whip in the state Senate, said in the statement. “Recruiting and retaining talent regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity will only serve to enhance our reputation and augment our economic viability.”

Raschein co-sponsored the measure last year, but it failed to advance out of committee.

The legislation, known as the Florida Competitive Workforce Act, has the support of some of the state’s largest corporations. Look for more on the reasons those companies back the measure in the Nov. 28 print edition of the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

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Article By: Margie Manning Visit: www.bizjournals.com