Today, Senator Travis Hutson (R-Palm Coast) became the second Senate Republican to co-introduce the Competitive Workforce Act—legislation that would modernize Florida’s Civil Rights Act of 1992 by prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Senator Hutson joins fellow Republican Senator Jack Latvala in supporting Senate Bill 120.
Senator Hutson explained why he’s standing with a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers and many of the states leading Fortune 500 companies in supporting the Competitive Workforce Act:
“I have always been a vocal supporter of this pro-business issue and believe there is a fundamental flaw in a society that condones the firing of someone simply because they are LGBT. I am pleased to join Sen. Latvala and my colleagues in the House to co-sponsor this very important piece of legislation. While there are some concerns I have for others to sue unjustifiably, I am confident that will be addressed through the committee process.”
Senator Hutson and Latvala join nine of their Republican colleagues in the House in support of LGBT non-discrimination. Rep. Holly Raschein (R-Key Largo) is the lead sponsor, with Heather Fitzenhagen (R-Fort Myers), Tom Goodson (R-Titusville), Bill Hager (R-Delray Beach), Chris Latvala (R-Clearwater), Mike Miller (R-Winter Park), Kathleen Peters (R-Treasure Island), Ray Pilon (R-Sarasota) and Rene Plasencia (R-Orlando) also signing on.This week kicked off the 2016 legislative session—marking the beginning of our 60 day window to advance the Competitive Workforce Act in 2016. And with growing bipartisan support, it’s clear that momentum has reached an all-time high.
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