Tuesday, May 24, 2011

UPDATE In Nevada: Two More Transgender Protection Bills reach the desk of Gov. Sandoval

Yesterday, 2 more bills protecting Transgender peeps hit the state Nevada. The community is now waiting to see Gov. Sandoval act on them.
The Assembly on Monday passed a bill adding transgender people to the list of groups protected from discrimination in housing or rental agreements.

Lawmakers also passed a measure prohibiting discrimination against transgender people in public places such as restaurants. The bill makes an exception so bars can host gender-based promotions such as Ladies Night.

All Democrats and three Republican Assemblymen voted in favor of the two bills. They now head to Gov. Brian Sandoval.

A third bill barring employment discrimination against transgender people passed both houses and was delivered to the governor last week. 
The Governor has until Wednesday or Thursday to sign or veto the bill. He needs to do the right thing and sign them into law.


UPDATE Gov. Sandoval signed Bill 211 into law.
Sandoval signed Assembly Bill 211 in a ceremony attended by transgender activists and the bill's primary sponsors, Assemblyman Paul Aizley, D-Las Vegas, and Sen. David Parks, D-Las Vegas.
Under the bill, which will go into effect Oct. 1, employers cannot discriminate against people based on their gender "identity or expression," which could be opposite of the gender they had at birth. However, employers could require appropriate workplace clothing and grooming standards.
It becomes unlawful "to fail to hire or to fire or otherwise discriminate" against transgender people. 

Only employers with 15 or more employees would be subject to the law. Estimates are there are 25,000 transgender men and women in Nevada.

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