Senate Panel OKs LGBT Nondiscrimination Bill

Law360, New York (July 10, 2013, 2:09 PM ET) -- A Senate committee on Wednesday advanced a bill to bar employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, opening the long-pending legislation up to a Senate floor vote for the first time since its introduction in 2001.

The bill, S. 815, known as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, passed the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in a 15-7 vote, with Republican Sens. Mark Kirk, D-Ill. — a long-time champion of the bill — Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah,...
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