STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Senator Andrew Sherwood (LD-26) has introduced two bills: one to expand the prohibition of discrimination and one to make voter registration available to students when they take the new high school civics test.
· SB1199 (employment; housing; public accommodations; antidiscrimination) expands the prohibition of discrimination in public places, employment, or housing due to a person’s gender identity, sexual orientation or veteran status.
“Even after the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, LGBT individuals do not have equal protection under the law. They are still at risk of losing their jobs and not being able to live in the neighborhood of their choice,” said Sen. Sherwood. “These protections should also apply to veterans who have sacrificed so much and risked their lives so we could enjoy the security and freedoms we have.”
· SB1201 (civics test; voter registration materials) would require voter registration materials to be available at locations where the new high school civics test is administered.
“This form of voter outreach, which is already done in 27 other states, has no cost for schools to implement. The purpose of the high school civics test is to ensure students know the government and civics of our country, so it makes sense the next step would be to make available voting materials where they can put into practice what they’ve learned as part of their graduation requirement.”