Content Filed Under: 2017 Legislative Momentum

The 2017 legislative session saw many bills and ordinances brought for hearings, discussions, and eventual votes. Among states, Texas and Mississippi saw the most action in terms of anti-LGBTQ discrimination being considered before legislatures.


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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.
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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.
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As Wyoming Lawmakers Withdraw Bill, Republican Governor Dissuades Focus on Anti-LGBT Legislation

By Adam Polaski • January 27, 2017, 10:38 am Wyoming Equality, the statewide organization that worked to defeat the bill, posted to Facebook shortly after: "You did it! Thanks to your calls, your letters, your outcry, HB 135 is dead. But the fight isn't over, we need you more than ever to fight these bills and support the good ones."
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New Report Highlights Economic Impact of Georgia’s Lack of Modern Civil Rights Laws, Including LGBT Protections

By Megan Clayton • January 17, 2017, 11:37 am The report, titled Liberty & Justice in Georgia: Protecting Our Heritage & Growing Our Competitive Future, speaks in detail about this lapse in basic civil rights protections, a status that places Georgia as one of the weakest states in the nation in terms of its ability to protect citizens from discrimination, including LGBT people.
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Tourism & Convention Leaders Gather In Austin, Warn Of SB6’s Dire Economic Consequences

By Megan Clayton • January 12, 2017, 4:22 pm Leaders in the tourism, convention and meeting planning industries met in Austin Wednesday to speak out about Senate Bill 6, a North Carolina-style “bathroom bill” that would ban transgender people from using restrooms in public places and would overturn local laws that protect transgender people from discrimination.
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South Dakota Governor Latest Republican Leader to Dismiss Need for Anti-Transgender Legislation

By Adam Polaski • January 12, 2017, 1:48 pm Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard of South Dakota said there is no need to revive last year’s ill-fated legislation to ban transgender individuals from using the restroom that matches their gender identity.
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Head of Convention and Visitors Bureau in Dallas, Texas Warns Against Anti-LGBT Bills

By Adam Polaski • December 2, 2016, 9:57 am Businesses in Texas are speaking out against proposed anti-LGBT bills in the Lone Star State, just days after House Speaker Joe Straus also warned lawmakers that similar types of legislation weren’t “his most urgent concern.”
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Texas Lawmakers Push Anti-LGBT Bills on Day One of Legislative Pre-Filing Ahead of 2017 Session

By Adam Polaski • November 15, 2016, 11:23 am Some Texas lawmakers made clear they still intend to prioritize discriminatory legislation targeting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community for harm yesterday, the first day of pre-filing for the 2017 legislative session.