It’s an issue that dominated local headlines from the spring into the early summer. The Pocatello non-discrimination Ordinance. It fueled debate and many long city council meetings. It was eventually passed by the city council after an over six hour meeting. The latest development in the story is that a referendum allowing the voters to decide if the Ordinance will stay in place will be on the ballot in May 2014. One local man has a petition on move on dot org that asks for support of the ordinance.
Matthew Powell, who set up the pro-ordinance petition explained that, “The reason that I actually set up the petition was because of the other petition to repeal the Non-Discrimination Ordinance my goal is to show more support and get more people involved and aware of the issue and make sure that it doesn’t get repealed.”
Powell, who moved to Pocatello from Georgia enjoys his new home and feels that any type of discrimination makes a city less hospitable place.
“Pocatello is such a great town, met a lot of nice people. I don’t want any of those people to be harmed in any way by someone’s prejudice,” Powell said.
The Bannock County Election Office is currently working with the city of Pocatello to prepare the wording and other aspects of the proposed referendum for May 2014.