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#JaxHRO Clears Second Hurdle, Heads To Final Committee Hearing Set For Wednesday February 7, 2017

The #JaxHRO just passed another critical milestone.

Moments ago, members of the City Council’s Rules Committee voted 6-1 to advance it to the next stage in the legislative process.

#JaxHRO co-sponsor Councilmember Jim Love, who sits on the committee, gave a passionate defense of the HRO before the final vote: 

The committee advanced the HRO without attaching an amendment that would exempt employers with fewer than 50 employees from being bound by the it’s LGBT nondiscrimination provisions. The employer exemption for other protected classes under Jacksonville law is 15 employees.

In fact, Councilmember Becton attempted to add this amendment during the hearing but it could not get support from a second member.

The HRO’s next stop will be the Finance Committee, which is scheduled to meet tomorrow at 9 a.m. That committee also has the opportunity to pass a comprehensive, inclusive version of the HRO that does not include discriminatory amendments.

We’ll be in contact with council members in advance of tomorrow’s meeting to urge them to advance the HRO, un-amended. You can click here to send them a message as well. Let them know that you’re counting on them to pass the #JaxHRO without discriminatory amendments that dilute nondiscrimination protections.

The full City Council is expected to hold its final vote on the #JaxHRO a week from today. That meeting will be open to public, so please join us for a front-row seat to history in the making next Tuesday, February 14th at 4 p.m.