Nondiscrimination Ordinance: Slight Revision

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Updated: 4/17/2013 10:45 pm

        The Pocatello city council will continue their public hearing on the very popular non-discrimination ordinance. The change in city code, which would prohibit any discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexuality could come to a vote and be decided on during the Thursday evening city council meeting. The ordinance has been lightly modified. The sentence "the mediation will be conducted pursuant to the Idaho rules of criminal procedure," has been removed. This only changes the mediation procedure. This means that the hotly contested part of the bill that involved public accommodation particularly that of restrooms has not been changed. This portion of the bill is disputed by groups such as stand up Pocatello, which feel that this bill goes too far and overreaches the limits created by similar bills that passed in Salt Lake City and other parts of Idaho. Individuals on both sides have claimed to feel pressure or negativity for their support or opposition to the bill which should lead to another lively debate Thursday night at Pocatello city hall.

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