Tag: Competitive Workforce Act
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Danny McAuliffeNovember 13, 2018

Online retail giant Amazon won’t be setting up its new headquarters in any Florida city. Why? Equality Florida is pointing to the absence of statewide non-discrimination policies for the LGBTQ community. Under current state law, it’s still legal to discriminate against LGBT individuals in employment, housing and public accommodations. Statewide civil rights protections — provided […]

Danny McAuliffeNovember 9, 2017

Darryl Rouson reintroduced the Competitive Workforce Act in the Senate Thursday, a bill that seeks to ban discrimination statewide based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The St. Petersburg Democrat said the legislation makes clear that LGBTQ discrimination will no longer be tolerated in Florida housing, employment, and accommodation decisions. The bill, SB 66, and its House companion, […]

Mitch PerryOctober 16, 2017

Will 2018 finally be the year that a statewide ban against discrimination against the LGBTQ community in employment, housing and public accommodations becomes the law of the land in Florida? Once again, the Competitive Workforce Act (HB 347) has been filed in the Florida House of Representatives, this time by St. Petersburg Democrat Ben Diamond […]

Jim RosicaOctober 12, 2016

Signaling its return next legislative session, state Sen. Anitere Flores “pledged to co-sponsor the Competitive Workforce Act,” a bill banning discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Floridians. Flores, a Miami-Dade Republican and confidante of Senate President-designate Joe Negron, announced her support Wednesday. She said the legislation is especially appropriate after this June’s hate-crime mass […]

A.G. GancarskiJuly 20, 2016

Endorsements abound in the House District 11 Republican race, and candidate Sheri Treadwell recently scored two that don’t necessarily jibe on all issues. State Sen. Travis Hutson and Florida Family Action President John Stemberger both endorsed Treadwell in recent days, lauding her with similar honorifics. Hutson recognized Treadwell’s “conservative convictions.” Stemberger called Treadwell a “rising champion for our conservative values.” […]

Guest AuthorJuly 5, 2016

Regarding your repeated charge that fellow legislators make others “prone to committing violent acts” when they make “speeches” in opposition to bills which call for special and new LGBT rights in the Legislature. Dear Rep. Richardson: Since your election to the Florida House of Representatives in 2012 until now, I have always known your reputation as […]

Jenna Buzzacco-FoersterFebruary 9, 2016

Hillary Clinton is applauding state lawmakers for considering a proposal to prohibit gender- and sexuality-based workplace discrimination. In a statement released by her campaign Tuesday, Clinton said establishing nondiscrimination protections “would be a critical step forward for both Florida and the nation.” “I’m heartened to see the business community working hand in hand with both […]

A.G. GancarskiJanuary 21, 2016

Establishment momentum is building for the Competitive Workforce Act, with the Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce signing on in support Thursday. “As Florida’s first, and only, statewide business advocacy organization concentrated on the Hispanic business community, we strongly support passing the Competitive Workforce Act,” said FSHCC President and CEO Julio Fuentes. “Hispanics have powered Florida’s […]


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