Late yesterday, the Florida Senate Judiciary Committee voted to end consideration of the Florida Competitive Workforce Act (FCWA). Although this is a missed opportunity to take what would have been a huge step towards the passage of statewide workplace equality, we are nonetheless very proud that we were able to secure a hearing for this bill at all.
With the FCWA introduced without being considered for the past ten years (!), yesterday's hearing was a long time coming. We'd like to give a special shoutout to Miami's own Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, Chairman of the Florida State Senate Judiciary Committee, for meeting with leaders from the Florida Businesses for a Competitive Workforce Coalition and SAVE and taking the historic step of putting this proposal to a vote for the first time ever.
We also thank Senator Diaz de la Portilla and his colleagues on the Judiciary Committee, Senators Jeremy Ring, Arthenia Joyner, David Simmons, and Darren Soto for voting YES to move the bill ahead. And of course, we thank Senator Joe Abruzzo of Palm Beach County and Representative Holly Raschein of South Dade and the Keys for sponsoring this proposal in their respective houses of the state legislature.
So, what's next?
Make no mistake -- the Florida Businesses for a Competitive Workforce Coalition and SAVE will return next year to continue pushing lawmakers to pass the FCWA.
While we're disappointed at the result, yesterday's vote gives us hope for the future of employment discrimination protections in Florida. The vote failed because of a tie -- which means the Competitive Workforce Act is SO CLOSE to majority support in Tallahassee!
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We're overjoyed to announce that the Miami-Dade County Commission has just PASSED nondiscrimination protections for people who are transgender!Read more
We wanted to break the news to you first: the Miami-Dade County Commission has just voted to move forward on an update to the countywide Human Rights Ordinance that would add nondiscrimination protections for transgender and gender-nonconforming people!
Thank you to Commissioners Sally Heyman, Audrey Edmonson, and Bruno Barreiro for standing up and voting for equality! And thanks to everyone who joined us today!
Now, the proposal goes to the full 13-member Commission for a FINAL VOTE on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2
This is a critically needed update. Right now, it is legal to fire someone in Miami-Dade County just because they are transgender or gender nonconforming.
Opponents bussed in more than 200 speakers from across the state to intimidate the Commission. But desipte being frustratingly outnumbered, our argument in favor of equality for all won the day. Without a stronger show of support next time, their scare tactics might succeed.
That's why we need YOU to join us ONE LAST TIME at the County Commission chamber on December 2! Click here to RSVP. >
This is the most important fight to affect South Florida's LGBT community in many years. The vote will go down to the wire. We must make sure the voting Commissioners hear our voices. On December 2nd, more than ever before, we need you to join us and make your voice heard. Please join us. >>