Two civil rights bills are closer to becoming law, thanks to members of the state Senate.
A bill that would make it illegal for an employer to discriminate against a worker based on his or her sexual orientation was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee today.
Along with that, the Senate gave final approval to a bill that would give parolees the right to vote. Similar measures to protect gay and lesbian workers have been passed by the legislature twice, but were later vetoed. The bill was passed by a partisan vote of 6 to 4 in committee.
The parolee voting measure was passed by 21-13—a greater margin than when it was passed during the second reading—with one Republican crossing the aisle to support it.