A vote in the state House of Representatives may take place next week that could determine if the long-stalled Pennsylvania fairness act will move forward

06.10.16 |

Reporter Terry Diener says the legislation would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of classes protected from discrimination in employment.

State Rep. Dan Frankel, the prime sponsor of the bill, submitted a discharge resolution Tuesday to free it from the State Government Committee. The committee is helmed by state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, a vehement opponent of LGBT rights who has refused to hold a hearing or vote on the legislation, which was re-introduced in September.

A discharge resolution is a rare procedural move that, if approved by a majority of the House, allows a bill to bypass its committee and come before the full House. The resolution needs 25 signatories before it can come up for a vote.