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Sticky notes urge hearing on bill to expand anti-discrimination law

Sticky notes to Senate State Affairs Chairman Curt McKenzie, R-Nampa, left on the committee room door, urge him to hold a hearing on SB 1033, the bill to expand Idaho's anti-discrimination law to include sexual orientation; McKenzie has refused to hold a hearing on the bill, which was introduced in January. (Betsy Russell)
Sticky notes to Senate State Affairs Chairman Curt McKenzie, R-Nampa, left on the committee room door, urge him to hold a hearing on SB 1033, the bill to expand Idaho's anti-discrimination law to include sexual orientation; McKenzie has refused to hold a hearing on the bill, which was introduced in January. (Betsy Russell)

There's a bumper crop of sticky notes on the Senate State Affairs Committee hearing room door this morning, all urging Chairman Curt McKenzie, R-Nampa, to hold a hearing on SB 1033, Sen. Edgar Malepeai's bill to expand the Idaho Human Rights Act's non-discrimination protections to include sexual orientation. McKenzie has declined to hold a hearing on the bill, saying conservative senators on his committee won't pass it. Malepeai introduced the bill as a personal bill on Jan. 21st. Backers of the measure have been posting the messages to McKenzie on the committee room door periodically over the past two weeks; they're quickly removed by security, but they are delivered to McKenzie.



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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