Allegheny County Council is considering an ordinance that would prohibit discrimination in Employment, Housing and Public Accommodations based on characteristics including sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.More at Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents here.
The Council has, so far, been very interested in moving this non-discrimination ordinance forward. Twelve (out of 15) Council members have signed on as co-sponsors! One of Council’s next steps is to approve funding for the ordinance. Specifically, the County will have to hire folks to educate the public, to investigate complaints, and to prosecute violations of the ordinance. The Council’s Government Committee will be discussing the ordinance this Tuesday.
Below is a list of the co-sponsors for the legislation. Please contact your County Councilperson to thank him or her for supporting this ordinance. Encourage your Councilperson to continue moving the legislation forward.
You can look up your district at the following link:
Matt Drozd, Dist. 1
Jim Burn, Dist. 3
Michael Finnerty, Dist. 4
Joan Cleary, Dist. 6
Nick Futules, Dist. 7
Chuck Martoni, Dist. 8
Bob Macey, Dist. 9
William Russell Robinson, Dist. 10
Rich Fitzgerald, Dist. 11
Jim Ellenbogen, Dist. 12
Amanda Green (lead sponsor), Dist. 13
John DeFazio, Council At-Large
In case you wish to encourage the non-sponsors to become co-sponsors, here is their contact information:
Chuck McCollough, Council At-Large
Jan Rea, District 2
Vince Gastgeb, District 5
In case you would like to attend: the Government Committee of the Allegheny County Council will be meeting this Tuesday, November 25, at 5:00pm to discuss this legislation. The location is 436 Grant St., County Courthouse Rm. 119, Conference Rm. 1. At this type of Committee meeting there is not the opportunity for public comment, but the public is welcome to attend, and you would be supporting the legislation with your presence.