Thursday, April 26, 2007

Iowa legislature adds sexual orientation, gender identity to ENDA

The Iowa legislature has passed an employment non-discrimination act (ENDA) and sent the bill to Democratic Governor Chet Culver. The bill adds sexual orientation and gender identity to the state's existing ENDA. It is designed to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from employment discrimination.

In the state House, 50 of 54 Democrats voted "yes" (93%). Nine of 46 Republicans voted "yes" (20%).

In the state Senate, 29 of 30 Democrats voted "yes" (97%). Five of 20 Republicans voted "yes" (25%).

The text of Senate File 427 is here. The House and Senate roll calls can be found by clicking on Complete Bill History.

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