The new draft of the proposed Pocatello non-discrimination ordinance has been released on the city council website
It is different, with a lot more changes than we saw from the last time, which consisted of a one sentence omission.
City Councilman Jim Johnston noted that, “One of the biggest challenges is whether it should be a civil penalty, or whether it should be criminalized and that’s a big discussion that’s still taking place.”
One of the major concerns for opponents to the ordinance as written leading up to the April 18th vote was the concern with the public accommodation portion.
In regards to the bathroom accommodation part of the previous ordinance, Johnston said,“It really has been a challenge for people to recognize that there are things that need to happen there.”
The goal of the city council according to Johnston is to make a more one size fits all ordinance
“We’re doing our very best to get a non-discrimination ordinance that is satisfactory to all people,” Johnston said.
Councilman Johnston talked a little bit about what might happen if this ordinance went to a public vote.
“It would be really interesting if this was put to a vote in the community to see what the results actually would be i think people would be surprised at the polarization that this has created.”
The ordinance may change before the actual ordinance occurs and we will definitely keep you updates as it changes and feedback comes in.