December 07, 2012

News Release

For Immediate Release

Council Committee to Review 47 Task Force Applicants

City Council's Public Involvement Committee will have 47 applicants to consider when they meet at noon Monday, Dec. 10 to select a slate of seven nominees to round out the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Task Force. The full slate of nominees will be submitted to the Mayor for review before going to a full Council vote, which is likely to take place at the Dec. 17 meeting.

The deadline for applications was noon today.

The applicants (in order of submission) include:

Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens announced yesterday the names of the eight voting members and one non-voting chairperson recommended by City Council.

City Council selections for the task force include:

Scope of Duties
The History of the Issue

City Council voted in August to table and "send to task force" a controversial proposal which would have added sexual orientation and gender identity to the City's anti-discrimination law. City council formally adopted a resolution to create this Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Citizens' Task Force (pdf), and charge the group to look into discrimination related to sexual orientation and gender identity in the city.

The task force will allow voices into the discussion that were not a part of the ordinance's formation, Mayor Stephens said.

About the City's Current Non-discrimination Ordinance

City Code currently prohibits discrimination based on factors such as race, religion and disability when offering employment, housing or public accommodations, such as hotel rooms or restaurants. Federal law includes some limited protections, but Missouri law currently contains no provision against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The original proposal was brought forward by the Mayor's Commission on Human Rights, a citizen board in charge of investigating and mediating discrimination complaints. It would have amended the existing City Code to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected categories when it comes to employment, public housing and public accommodations.

For more information, contact: Cora Scott, Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement, 417-864-1009 (office) | 417-380-3352 (cell), cscott@springfieldmo.gov

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