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Mon., Feb. 4, 2013, 10:27 a.m.

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.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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