Advertise Here

Eye On Boise

Lawmakers plan new ‘Add the Words’ bill

The words didn’t get added last year, but the sentiment stuck around, reports Twin Falls Times-News reporter Melissa Davlin. Two lawmakers announced Friday that they’re introducing legislation to add the words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the Idaho Human Rights Act, to include them along with religion, national origin, race and the like as prohibited forms of discrimination. The Legislature has rejected such a change each year for the last six, but several Idaho cities, including Sandpoint, Boise and Ketchum, have enacted their own city ordinances, and more are considering them.

Davlin reports that this year’s sponsors, Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb and Rep. Grant Burgoyne, both Boise Democrats, plan to spearhead an effort to talk with every lawmaker individually to address questions or concerns they may have about the bill, which hasn't yet been introduced; you can read her full report here. The two also will host a panel discussion Wednesday at noon at the state Capitol on the issue.

Please keep it civil. Don't post comments that are obscene, defamatory, threatening, off-topic, an infringement of copyright or an invasion of privacy. Read our forum standards and community guidelines.

You must be logged in to post comments. Please log in here or click the comment box below for options.

comments powered by Disqus
« Back to Eye On Boise

Get blog updates by email

About this blog

Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

Named best state-based political blog in Idaho for 2013 by The Fix

Latest comments »

Read all the posts from recent conversations on Eye On Boise.

Search this blog
Subscribe to this blog
Advertise Here