CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Senate President Jeff Kessler said he would not move the Employment and Housing Non-Discrimination Act in the Senate after a similar bill faltered in the House of Delegates.
The House bill's lead sponsor, Delegate Stephen Skinner, D-Jefferson, requested Wednesday the legislation not be taken up in committee. Skinner said there was not enough support to pass the bill as-is, and was worried lawmakers would try to water it down.
Similar versions of the bill, which would protect people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender from discrimination in housing and employment, have passed the Senate before. But Kessler, a longtime supporter of the legislation, said there is no point in passing it again this year if the House would only kill it.
"I would assume if we sent it over there it would meet the same fate," he said.