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Mon., March 18, 2013, 9:26 a.m.

House, Senate committees to hold forum on anti-discrimination bill, but not introduce it

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Adding protections for gays and lesbians to Idaho's Human Rights Act won't get a vote this year. But it is due a hearing. On Wednesday at 8 a.m. in the Abraham Lincoln Auditorium, the joint House and Senate State Affairs committees are set to hear presentations spearheaded by Democratic Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb of Boise. Sen. Curt McKenzie, a Nampa Republican and Senate State Affairs Committee chairman, said on Monday that Buckner-Webb requested proponents of adding workplace and housing discrimination protections for gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender individuals get a forum to keep discussion of the issue alive. A year ago, a bill was killed in McKenzie's Senate panel, with GOP lawmakers refusing to introduce it for a public hearing. McKenzie says he's convinced the vote hasn't changed since then, so he doesn't want to schedule a formal hearing; no public testimony will be taken at Wednesday's session.

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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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