Council likely to defer vote on Metro nondiscrimination bill

Monday, March 14, 2011 at 10:05pm

Expected absences by Metro Council members vacationing during spring break will likely mean the deferral of a vote on a pending nondiscrimination ordinance that would require Metro contractors to adopt employment protections for gay, lesbian and transgender workers.

The council in February voted 21-16 to give preliminary approval of a bill that would extend Metro’s nondiscrimination policy to companies that do business with the city. The bill is slated for the council’s final of three votes Tuesday, March 15, but bill sponsors are unsure whether enough yea-votes will be present. To try to ensure its approval, council backers may seek to push back the vote. 

“We’ve got several absences as a result of spring break,” said Metro Councilman Mike Jameson, a bill co-sponsor. “So that the bill is considered on its merits, it and several others I believe are going to be deferred.”

If the council opts to act on a motion to defer, the ordinance would be pushed back one meeting to April 5. 

Other items on the council’s agenda include:

• At-large Councilwoman Megan Barry and others have sponsored a memorializing resolution that, if approved, would put the council on record as opposing a state bill that would limit local municipalities’ autonomy to self-govern. The state bill, proposed by Rep. Glen Casada in response to Metro’s nondiscrimination ordinance, has stalled in committee.

• The council on second reading will consider a bill that would exempt vehicles manufactured within the past two years from emissions testing. The bill is sponsored by Council members Rip Ryman and Jim Forkum. 

• The council will weigh in on a memorializing resolution filed by Councilman Eric Crafton that would request Mayor Karl Dean explore relocating Metro Government Archives to the former Ben West Library building. In the fall, Dean announced plans to relocate the archives, currently located in Green Hills, to Hickory Hollow Mall. Those plans are now off the table.

8 Comments on this post:

By: Loner on 3/15/11 at 6:35

Why does Councilman Crafton want to move Metro Government Archives to the location he favors? What are the good reasons and what are the real reasons? Be careful, so that certain sensitive documents do not "disappear" during the moving process. No doubt, there are a few still-smoking guns in that mountain of paperwork.
Check the closets for skeletons.

By: Kosh III on 3/15/11 at 8:00

The old library is located downtown. Nuff said.

By: PKVol on 3/15/11 at 8:20

I hope the council members who are opposed to the discriminatory anti-discrimination bill will vote against deferral and get this over with tonight.

By: Antisocialite on 3/15/11 at 8:31

discriminatory anti-discrimination bill

What a magnificent example of doublespeak. Crying, "you are discriminating me for discriminating others, and it's not fair," is hilariously hypocritical.

By: Nitzche on 3/15/11 at 8:33

does this mean megan Barry will have to defer any carpet munching until after spring break? better call Abby Rubenfeld for a legal opinion

By: gdiafante on 3/15/11 at 8:51

What? Council members absent because of Spring break? How unprofessional!

end sarcasm

By: Radix on 3/15/11 at 1:31

Antisocialite, the bill shifts discrimination from one group to another. Not that you would understand that... or care.

By: Antisocialite on 3/15/11 at 3:02

Antisocialite, the bill shifts discrimination from one group to another. Not that you would understand that... or care.

No it doesn't Radix, not at all. If that were the case then Christians would start to be discriminated against in the workplace... fat chance. The fact that you would even advance such a hyperbolic argument betrays the persecution complex you and others seem to feel as Christians. Losing a contract because Metro chooses not to do business with you because you use discriminatory hiring practices is a very far cry from being denied a job because of who you love. Your personal life, provided that it does not interfere with your work, is something that no employer should have any say in, period.