The Florida House of Representatives, in a yes or no vote, declined to mandate ridesharing companies initiate anti-discrimination policies.
Representative David Richardson (D-Miami Beach) forced the vote through the amendment process on Tuesday in Tallahassee. Richardson’s amendment would have prevented companies such as Uber and Lyft from discriminating against drivers and riders on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, handicap, age, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity.
Ultimately, house bill 221 failed on a 70 to 44 vote.
“Once again, Miami’s own State Representative David Richardson shows what it looks like to be a champion of #equality, just in time for pride week,” read a Facebook post from SAVE Dade, a South Florida human rights organization.
Richardson told the Tampa Bay Times those who identify as LGBT have no statewide protections in using a transportation network company. He took to Facebook to express disgust with his house colleagues who voted no on the anti-discrimination amendment.
“A fair question to ask : Are they only supporting the CWF (Competitive Workforce) bill because they know it will not be heard in any committee in the Florida House of Representatives? Now we know which members are with us, and which members oppose extending full rights to the LGBT community. The fight continues!,” Richardson posted.
Meanwhile, the bill has one more reading in the House. Its counterpart in the Senate (SB 340) is scheduled to be heard in the rules committee on Thursday.