The Alaska Equality Act - House Bill (HB) 82 is a bill sponsored by Rep. Andy Josephson (D) from Anchorage. The bill would add sexual orientation and gender identity protections to the state's existing anti-discrimination law. In 2011, the original version of this bill was introduced by Rep. Beth Kerttula and made very little progress. Despite some GOP support, State House Republican leadership gave the bill very little consideration.
Fast forward to 2019, the new bi-partisan House Majority Coalition has the opportunity to finally make progress on passing this long-awaited bill. The State Senate companion bill is sponsored by State Senator Scott Kawasaki, Elvi Gray-Jackson, and Tom Begich and we are hopeful this will also have progress in this upcoming session as well.
CURRENT STATUS (As of 4/26/19):
HB 82 passed through the House State Affairs committee on 4/23/19. It is currently in the House State Judiciary Committee (Chaired by Representative Matt Claman) and is waiting to be scheduled to be heard for the first time in this committee.
SB 82 is currently in the Senate State Affairs Committee (chaired by Senator Mike Shower) waiting for a hearing to be scheduled.
Legislators who have co-sponsored the House and Senate version of this bill are listed below.
House Bill 82 -- REPRESENTATIVES JOSEPHSON, Hopkins, Tarr, Fields, Kreiss-Tomkins, Claman, Drummond, Story (as of 5/15/19)
Senate Bill 82 -- SENATORS KAWASAKI, Gray-Jackson, Begich, Wielechowski (as of 5/15/19)
If you don't see a legislator that should be on this list, please feel free to contact them directly and ask them to co-sponsor and vote on the bill. If you hear back from the legislator, either way, please let us know at info(at)alaskanstogether.org.
READ THE BILL:
HB 82 - "An Act adding to the powers and duties of the State Commission for Human Rights; and relating to and prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression."
SB 82 - "An Act adding to the powers and duties of the State Commission for Human Rights; and relating to and prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression."
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