August 20, 2012

News Release

For Immediate Release

Council Considers Sending SOGI Issue to November Ballot

A proposal (Council Bill 2012-226) to add protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity to the City's nondiscrimination ordinance may go to a vote of the people in November if City Council approves an emergency bill at its Aug. 27 meeting.

The City was asked Aug. 20 to draft the bill, which is classified as an emergency, in order to meet the Aug. 28 deadline to be on the November ballot. The City Charter allows a bill to be presented on an emergency basis if it is a submission of a proposal to the people.

The public has the opportunity to speak to the emergency bill on the subject of whether or not the proposal should be sent to a vote, at the Aug. 27 meeting. Mayor Bob Stephens says Council will limit comments to three minutes each or a total of two hours for the hearing.

If the emergency bill passes, the proposed amendments (Council Bill 2012-226) to the City's current nondiscrimination ordinance (found in chapter 62 of the City code) will go to a vote of the people.

If the emergency bill fails, Council will continue the public hearing on the proposal and likely vote on it.

For more information, contact Cora Scott at 417-864-1009 or cscott@springfieldmo.gov.

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