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Nevada bill would extend LGBT anti-discrimination protections

Nevada bill would extend LGBT anti-discrimination protections


CARSON CITY, Nev. — Nevada lawmakers are reviewing a bill that would expand anti-discrimination language into parts of state law where it was omitted.

Democratic Sen. David Parks presented SB164 on Thursday. It would bar discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.

Bills in past legislative sessions have added the extra anti-discrimination provisions, but Parks said there were some oversights, including in statutes dealing with the Nevada System of Higher Education.

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The bill also would add gender identity and expression terminology to the state’s hate crime statute. A murder could be considered aggravated if it was committed because of a person’s gender identity, as well as religion, race or other personal characteristics.

Parks said he hasn’t heard of any instances in which the missing language has created problems.

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