100 Pa. Lawmakers Introduce 2 Sweeping Nondiscrimination LGBT Bills
A bipartisan group of 100 lawmakers from Pennsylvania introduced two bills on Tuesday that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity across the state, News Works reports.
The politicians, who are members of the General Assembly, got together in Harrisburg to announce the reintroduction of the measures (HB 300/SB300), which would prohibit discrimination against the LGBT community in housing and employment.
"I’m pleased to announce that, for the first time, these bills will be introduced at the same time with prime sponsors from both parties," Rep. Dan Frankel, a Pittsburgh-area Democrat, said. According to the Pittsburgh City Paper, Frankel said this is the first time the bills have a broad support, as 77 sponsors are members of the House and 25 are from the Senate.
"We believe today marks a significant step for LGBT equality in Pennsylvania," Frankel said. He later added, "We know the climate is still difficult. LGBT progress lags behind in Pennsylvania at an alarming rate, especially when compared to 21 states across the country that already provide for LGBT protections in employment and housing."
According to Rep. Chris Ross, a Republican, the overwhelming support for the measure comes from the lawmaker’s belief that ending anti-LGBT discrimination is not a partisan issue, News Works points out.