Lawmakers in Kentucky introduce two bills that would update the state’s Civil Rights Act

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Lawmakers in Kentucky have introduced two bills that would update the state’s Civil Rights Act.

The Statewide Fairness Law Senate Bill 166 and Fairness Law House Bill 164 would add sexual orientation and gender identity among protected classes in employment, housing, and public accommodations discrimination.

Kentucky is one of 28 states that have not updated statewide civil rights laws to include LGBTQ people.

Kentucky Senate Minority Floor Leader Morgan McGarvey (D, 19-Louisville) introduced the senate bill with several bipartisan co-sponsors.

Twenty-one co-sponsors have also joined Rep. Mary Lou Marzian’s (D, 34-Louisville) House Bill.

Ten Kentucky cities have adopted local Fairness Ordinances, covering about 27% of the state’s population. Those cities include Louisville (1999), Lexington (1999), Covington (2003), Vicco (2013), Frankfort (2013), Morehead (2013), Danville (2014), Midway (2015), Paducah (2018), and Maysville (2018).

Statewide Fairness Senate Bill 166
Minority Floor Leader Morgan McGarvey (D, 19-Louisville)
Senator Denise Harper Angel (D, 35-Louisville)
Majority Caucus Chair Julie Raque Adams (R, 36-Louisville)
Senator Julian Carroll (D, 7-Frankfort)*
Senator Perry Clark (D, 37-Louisville)
Senator Alice Forgy Kerr (R, 12-Lexington)
Senator Gerald Neal (D, 33-Louisville)
Senator Reginald Thomas (D, 13-Lexington)

Statewide Fairness House Bill 164
Rep. Mary Lou Marzian (D, 34-Louisville)
Rep. Patti Minter (D, 20-Bowling Green)*
Rep. Tina Bojanowski (D, 32-Louisville)*
Rep. Charles Booker (D, 43-Louisville)
Rep. George Brown, Jr. (D, 77-Lexington)
Rep. Tom Burch (D, 30-Louisville)
Rep. McKenzie Cantrell (D, 38-Louisville)
Rep. Kelly Flood (D, 75-Lexington)
Minority Caucus Chair Derrick Graham (D, 57-Frankfort)
Minority Whip Joni Jenkins (D, 44-Louisville)
Rep. Dennis Keene (D, 67-Wilder)
Rep. Nima Kulkarni (D, 40-Louisville)
Rep. Reginald Meeks (D, 42-Louisville)
Rep. Ruth Ann Palumbo (D, 76-Lexington)
Rep. Josie Raymond (D, 31-Louisville)*
Rep. Attica Scott (D, 41-Louisville)
Rep. Maria Sorolis (D, 48-Louisville)*
Rep. Cherlynn Stevenson (D, 88-Lexington)*
Rep. Susan Westrom (D, 79-Lexington)
Rep. Buddy Wheatley (D, 65-Covington)
Rep. Lisa Willner (D, 35-Louisville

*Indicates first representative from that district to co-sponsor a Statewide Fairness Law

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(This story was originally published on February 12, 2019)

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