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Public Hearing on Proposed Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Protection in Springfield Continues

Springfield City Council will once again address the proposed amendment to the city's discrimination ordinance, and the public will be allowed to speak on the issue.  It would amend the city's discrimination ordinance to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of categories of persons protected from discrimination. 

Council tonight can make three choices:  they can approve the amendment, let voters decide in November or they send it to a task force for further discussion. 

The first public hearing on the issue drew so many people that several had to watch the meeting on a big screen in the parking lot.

Mayor Bob Stephens says they knew whenthey first took up the issue that it would generated heated discussions...

"Any advance of civil rights has also generated controversy whether you're talking about civil rights for African-Americans, whether you're talking about civil rights for women, civil rights for disabled folks,  it's been controversial every step of the way." 

Council tonight will also continue the public hearing on an initative petition to lessen the penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana.  Members can pass the initiative or it can place it on the November ballot.

Council will also take a final vote on a tax abatement for an expansion of the Kraft plant in Springfield and will hear the first reading of the City Council budget.

Tonight's meeting starts at 6:30 in City Council chambers.  

 

Springfield City Council will once again address the proposed amendment to the city's discrimination ordinance, and the public will be allowed to speak on the issue.  It would amend the city's discrimination ordinance to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of categories of persons protected from discrimination. 

 

Council tonight can make three choices:  they can approve the amendment, let voters decide in November or they send it to a task force for further discussion. 

 

The first public hearing on the issue drew so many people that several had to watch the meeting on a big screen in the parking lot.

 

Mayor Bob Stephens says they knew whenthey first took up the issue that it would generated heated discussions...

 

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Council tonight will also continue the public hearing on an initative petition to lessen the penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana.  Members can pass the initiative or it can place it on the November ballot.

 

Council will also take a final vote on a tax abatement for an expansion of the Kraft plant in Springfield and will hear the first reading of the City Council budget.

 

Tonight's meeting starts at 6:30 in City Council chambers.