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Legislature introduces GLBT anti-discrimination and gambling bills
Back in October, the Grand Island City Council rejected a city-wide anti-discrimination protection of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.
But one Lincoln senator is attempting to take that anti-discrimination protection statewide.
Lincoln Senator Danielle Conrad says the time is right to introduce legislation once again for a statewide ban on discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation.
Local activists say hiring should be based on performance not their sexual preference.
"I was proud of Senator Conrad for introducing it," said PFLAG board member Judy Sandeen.
LB 485, a proposed bill that would prohibit discrimination in hiring, recruitment, promotion and other workplace issues based on sexual orientation or marital status.
Judy Sandeen, who works with the GLBT community through Hastings PFLAG, says certain companies have non-discrimination hiring policies, but those policies aren't the same across the board.
"It would just be best if everyone's ability to work at a job depended on their ability to do the job," Sandeen said.
In October, the Grand Island City Council rejected anti-discrimination protection of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.
A similar bill was introduced in 2007, but Senator Danielle Conrad, who's sponsoring the bill, says a lot has changed since then.
"To have it statewide would be a great step,' said Sandeen.
Another bill being introduced would give the Nebraska Legislature the authorization to allow more gambling in the state and then decide when, where, how, and how many.
Senator Paul Schumacher of Columbus introduced the constitutional amendment.
If approved, the measure would have to be approved by voters. Lawmakers voted down two proposals in 2004 to allow casino gambling in the state.
Nebraska does allow keno, horse racing and a lottery, but the state has resisted video gambling machines and casinos.
Organizations such as Gambling with the Good Life have opposed expanded gambling.
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