This week read about Texas Gov. Greg Abbott calling for an anti-trans sports bill, and a city council in North Carolina reviewing a proposed non-discrimination ordinance.

Texas Governor Calls Second Special Session

Last week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced his 17-item agenda for a second special legislative session, slated to begin just 12 hours after the first session ended. Though the Senate was able to take small actions, Democrats from the House of Representatives blocked the quorum needed to pass legislation for the third time.

Among the items on the list were renewed efforts to ban transgender students from participating on sports teams that match their gender identity, and new rules to ensure that “in-person learning is available for any student whose parent wants it,” according to Abbott’s proclamation.

On the last day of the first session, Texas Democrats sued Abbott, House Speaker Dade Phelan and State Rep. James White over free-speech violations after the Texas House sent law enforcement to bring Democrats who broke quorum back. The House again voted to issue arrests for the legislators who left, but that “call of the house” was blocked late Sunday evening by State District Judge Brad Urrutia.

 

 

Charlotte City Council Considers Non-discrimination Ordinance

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 Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo via PxHere.

Charlotte’s local non-discrimination laws have been on the books since the late ‘60s, but city council members will review a proposed non-discrimination ordinance that could reshape and expand protections for transgender individuals and people of color living in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The proposed amendments to the current ordinance would protect a person’s gender, ethnicity, age, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, pregnancy, natural hairstyle or disability, in addition to the pre-existing protections for race, color, religion, and nationality. While the ordinance was originally intended for small businesses that contract with the city, an updated amendment expanded coverage of the ordinance to businesses of all sizes.

Councilmember Larken Egleston told the Charlotte Observer, “I think it’s pretty awesome that we’ve got something like this that a couple of years ago would have been unfathomable. I know that every day we wait, these protections are not in place, and I know the community wanted them in place yesterday.”


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