Today I filed for my third term representing Columbia in the Missouri House. I'm looking forward to meeting new constituents in the freshly drawn 46th district. But, as always, I will continue to work for the whole city.
The state of Missouri should have zero tolerance for discrimination and sexual harassment. Shockingly, this common-sense statement is under attack in the Missouri House of Representatives. House Bill 205, which is currently moving through the House, is an attempt to weaken current laws that prohibit Missourians from being discriminated against or sexually harassed. Missourians currently are protected against discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations by the Missouri Human Rights Act.
Disappointingly, one omission in the act is sexual orientation. Missourians often are surprised to learn that it is perfectly legal to fire a worker, evict a tenet, even throw a patron out of a restaurant simply for being gay or appearing to be gay. Legislation that I sponsored to expand protection was stopped in committee last year.
Read the rest of the column here.
If you have a chance, take a few minutes to listen to Stephen's speech on the House floor against two provisions in the state employee pension reform bill that passed in the July special session.