Monday, January 14, 2013

Times-News: Twin Falls Up Next to 'Add the Words'

Posted By on Mon, Jan 14, 2013 at 9:20 AM

The Twin Falls City Council is the next Idaho municipality to take up anti-discrimination protections in the wake of the 2012 Idaho Legislature's failure to Add the Words.

This morning's Twin Falls Times-News reports that Twin Falls Councilwoman Rebecca Mills-Sojka is set to encourage her colleagues at tonight's meeting to add "sexual orientation" to the city's anti-harassment and discrimination policy for city employees.

Meanwhile, tonight in Lewiston, that municipality's city council is also poised to give LGBT and transgender city employees nondiscrimination guarantees. The cities of Moscow and Pocatello are also mulling similar measures.

On Dec. 5, the Boise City Council—in a 5-0 vote—expanded similar protections citywide. Sandpoint also approved its own anti-discrimination ordinance and Pocatello is working toward the same goal.

The efforts came in the wake of the Idaho Legislature's failure to consider so-called "Add the Words" legislation. In fact, the Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee, on a strictly party-line vote, refused to even allow a hearing on the matter in February.

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