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CGA Judiciary Committee submits bill to change CHRO’s way of doing business
Posted on May 7, 2017
AN ACT CONCERNING THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND OPPORTUNITIES AND THE RESOLUTION OF COMPLAINTS FILED WITH SAID COMMISSION
This bill makes various changes affecting the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO). Among other things, the bill:
EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2017, except the provisions on CHRO's budget are effective July 1, 2017.
Action: Public hearing held March 27. On April 7, the Judiciary Committee filed a substitute to the original language with the Legislative Commissioner’s Office. It was reported out on April 25 and is now on the House calendar.
The Judiciary Committee voted 35 – 6 to approve the new language. Arthur O'Neill (R 69), and Eric Berthel (R – S32) both voted in favor, while David Labriola (R – 131) and five other Republicans opposed the substitute.
Will it pass? It came from the Judiciary Committee and is on the House calendar, which has a six vote Democratic majority. The only no votes in committee were Republicans. The changes were favored by business, and real-estate interests who seemed to have more influence on the JC than the lawyers and legal rights proponents. If the bill does come up for a vote it’s anybody’s guess, but the Speaker of the House controls which bills come to the floor for a vote.
The Judiciary Report and the full text of the substitute bill are available upon request from firstname.lastname@example.org.