North Dakota House committee gives unfavorable review to anti-discrimination bill

The North Dakota Capitol in Bismarck. Photo illustration by Troy Becker
The North Dakota Capitol in Bismarck. Photo illustration by Troy Becker

BISMARCK -- A North Dakota House committee gave a "do not pass" recommendation to the session's second sexual orientation anti-discrimination bill Tuesday, Feb. 12.

House Bill 1441, championed by Fargo Republican Rep. Mary Johnson, would add protections in housing, employment and public accommodations. But it attracted opposition from LGBT advocates for its exclusion of transgender people, a move Johnson said was meant to appeal to a Republican-led Legislature that has repeatedly defeated similar proposals.

The Senate rejected a different anti-discrimination bill late last month.

The House Human Services Committee's 11-2 vote against the bill came with little discussion, its chairman Rep. Robin Weisz, R-Hurdsfield, said. The bill is expected to be debated on the House floor in the coming days.