Monday, July 10, 2017

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Rockland lawmakers call on State Senate to approve gender expression bill

NEW CITY – The State Assembly passed legislation nine times, most recently in March that would prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression. The State Senate has yet to do the same and the Rockland County Legislature is calling on that house to approve the bill.

The legislation would prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression and amended the state hate crimes laws to include offenses regarding gender identity or expression.

“How appropriate that we should vote on this matter the same week that we celebrate the 241st anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, with its famous decree that all men are created equal and endowed with certain unalienable rights,” said County Legislator Alden Wolfe, sponsor of the measure. “This bill seeks to make sure all people are truly treated equally by outlawing discrimination and by punishing those who engage in such behavior.”


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