Polis subsequently introduced a resolution before the House Rules Committee that would narrow ENDA’s religious exemption in the event the committee approved the bill for a vote on the House floor, according to the Washington Blade.
It is that version of ENDA that would come up for a vote if the discharge petition is successful, although it remains to be seen how that version of ENDA would fare in the Senate, where a more expanded religious exemption was deemed necessary for passage.The discharge petition would need the backing of 218 lawmakers to force consideration in the House.
The Hill reports that discharge petitions are rarely successful, and Polis’ petition is likely an attempt to highlight the issue ahead of the midterm elections.
Along with Polis, who is co-chairman of the LGBT Equality Caucus, Reps. Rush Holt (D-N.J.), John Garamendi (D-Calif.) and Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) signed the petition.
Two bills that would allow businesses to discriminate against Virginia’s LGBTQ community were joined into one Senate bill Monday afternoon in Senate General Laws and Technology subcommittee. While a House version of the bill, HB 773, was heard today, the subcommittee joined it with SB 41 by a 8-7 vote across party lines. SB 41, introduced [...]