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Senate Judiciary Hears Support for Anti-Discrimination Bill
BISMARCK, N.D. - Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony on SB 2252, an anti-discrimination bill that amends the ND Fair Housing Act and the ND Human Rights Act by adding “sexual orientation” to the list of banned discriminatory practices.
Senator John Warner, D-Ryder, is the prime sponsor of the bill and was the first to speak in support.
Senator Warner said, “It’s a pretty straightforward bill, a simple declaration that in North Dakota we value the whole person, the wonderfully complex, talented, innovative, motivated citizen that built and continues to grow North Dakota …. And that we are all in this together.”
Representative Josh Boschee, D-Fargo, noted that North Dakota is a much-changed state since a similar bill was introduced in 2009, and the passage of this bill would enhance North Dakota’s business focus and ability to retain young talent in state.
“Our state has changed dramatically since 2009, each day the local and national media produces articles about our growing economy, community values and work ethic,” Boschee said. “The passage of this bill will help promote a business friendly environment that enhances creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation by ensuring that some of our most talented individuals are able to contribute to the economic success of our state without the undue and unnecessary pressure of discrimination over their heads.”
Members of the North Dakota Chamber of Commerce, North Dakota Realtors Association, City of Fargo Human Relations Commission, the City of Grand Forks, members of Good Shephard Lutheran Church, members of the Reformed Catholic Church, North Dakota Student Association, NDSU Student Government and members of NDSU’s faculty, UND Student Government, the ND AFL-CIO, ND Education Association, ND Public Employees Association and several citizen allies, parents, and individuals that identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual all spoke in support of the bill.
The committee took no action on the bill.