Testimony given by Paul Mero Thursday, March 7, before the Senate Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee regarding Employment and Housing Antidiscrimination Amendments (SB 262):
Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for the opportunity to add a voice to this hearing. In considering what I might share, I realized that this issue of nondiscrimination stopped being about policy at some point and is now simply a public relations issue. The legislative politics of nondiscrimination has more twists and turns than a daytime soap opera. But we’re policy people at Sutherland and it’s difficult for us to advise legislators on public relations.
After five or six consecutive years of hearing this bill – and every year the bill is rejected – I’m sure proponents of the bill might be a little frustrated with this process. But when you can’t win on its merits, all that’s left is an appeal to emotion. All that’s left is to ask legislators, “Pretty please? – just let it be heard, just give me a Republican sponsor, can we have a floor vote, pretty please?” Read more