Past LGBT Nondiscrimination and Anti-LGBT Bills Across the Country

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in America face discrimination in their daily lives.  By the close of 2016, 20 states plus DC banned discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in employment, housing, and public accommodations, and an additional three states provided incomplete statewide nondiscrimination protections. All people – including those who are gay or transgender – should be treated fairly and equally by the laws of their state, and should have the opportunity to earn a living, access housing, and participate fully in society.  

In 2016, state legislatures across the country and Congress introduced some bills that would have protected LGBT people from discrimination, and others that would have rolled back existing protections or open the door to discrimination against gay and transgender people.  

VIEW ANTI-LGBT RELIGIOUS Exemption BILLS FROM THE 2016 LEGISLATIVE SESSIONS 

VIEW LGBT NONDISCRIMINATION AND ANTI-LGBT BILLS PENDING FOR THE 2017 LEGISLATIVE SESSIONS 

Click on the links below to learn more about the kinds of previously introduced bills and their implications.

Types of bills:

Affirmative Nondiscrimination Bills

a.    Comprehensive Protection

Comprehensive nondiscrimination bills prevent discrimination based on both sexual orientation and gender identity (or only gender identity if state law already covers sexual orientation), and do so in a range of contexts, including employment, housing, and public accommodations.  Comprehensive bills do not have overly broad religious exemptions or other carve-outs.

State

    

Bill Number

    

Status

AK   HB 19   6/19/2016: Dead
AK   HB 42   6/19/2016: Dead
AK   SB 20   6/19/2016: Dead
AZ   SB 1199   5/7/2016: Dead
FL   HB 45   3/11/2016: Dead
FL   SB 120   3/11/2016: Dead
IN   SB 2   3/14/2016: Dead
IN   SB 170    3/14/2016: Dead
KS   HB 2323   6/1/2016: Dead
KY   HB 155   4/15/2016: Dead
KY   SB 176   4/15/2016: Dead
LA   HB 501   6/23/2016: Dead
LA   SB 332   6/23/2016: Dead
MA   H 1577/H 4253   7/31/2016: Dead
MA   S 735/S 2407   7/8/2016: Became Law
MI   HB 4538   12/31/2016: Dead
MI   SB 315   12/31/2016: Dead
MO   HB 1924   5/13/2016: Dead
MO   HB 2279  

5/13/2016: Dead

MO   HB 2319   5/13/2016: Dead
MO   HB 2414   5/13/2016: Dead
MO   HB 2478   5/13/2016: Dead
MO   SB 653   5/13/2016: Dead
MS    HB 624/SB 2738   4/24/2016: Dead
NE   LB 586   4/20/2016: Dead
NY   AB 4558   6/17/2016: Dead
NY   SB 61   6/17/2016: Dead
NC   HB 1078   7/1/2016: Dead
OH   HB 389   12/31/2016: Dead
OH   SB 318   12/31/2016: Dead
PA   HB 1510   11/30/2016: Dead
PA   SB 974   11/30/2016: Dead
TN   HB 296/SB 371   4/22/2016: Dead
UT   SB 241   3/10/2016: Dead
WV   HB 4404   3/15/2016: Dead
WV   SB 111   3/15/2016: Dead
WV    SB 518   3/15/2016: Dead

b.    Incomplete Protection

Incomplete nondiscrimination bills include those that leave out gender identity protections, those that do not prevent discrimination in all key contexts, and those that contain broad religious exemptions language or carve-outs for sex-segregated facilities.

State

    

Bill Number

    

Status

AZ   HB 2413   5/7/2016: Dead
AZ   HB 2414   5/7/2016: Dead
AZ   HB 2415   5/7/2016: Dead
GA   HB 323   3/24/2016: Dead
IN   SB 100   3/14/2016: Dead
IN   SB 344   3/14/2016: Dead
LA   HB 925   6/23/2016: Dead
LA   SB 436   6/23/2016: Dead
NC   HB 443/SB 612   7/1/2016: Dead
NC   HB 1118    7/1/2016: Dead
OH   HB 537   12/31/2016: Dead
OK   HB 1345   5/27/2016: Dead
PA   SB 1306   11/30/2016: Dead
PA   SB 1307   11/30/2016: Dead
PA   SB 1316   11/30/2016: Dead
SC   H 3949   6/15/2016: Dead
SC   H 3950   6/15/2016: Dead
SC   S 639   6/15/2016: Dead
VA   HB 179   3/11/2016: Dead
VA   HB 300   3/11/2016: Dead
VA   HB 429   3/11/2016: Dead
VA   HB 913   3/11/2016: Dead
VA   HB 1005   3/11/2016: Dead
VA   SB 12   3/11/2016: Dead
VA   SB 67   3/11/2016: Dead
WV   HB 4370   3/15/2016: Dead

Harmful Anti-LGBT Bills

Several types of harmful bills were introduced in state legislatures in 2016 that either eroded existing protections for LGBT people or opened the door for greater discrimination.

a.    Religious Exemptions Bills

There were a variety of types of bills that would have allowed religion to be used to discriminate against gay and transgender people in virtually all aspects of their lives. Click here for our page that tracked these bills across the country.

b.    Bills Pre-Empting Local Protections

These bills prevent cities and other local government entities from passing nondiscrimination protections that are greater than the protections offered at the state level, including protections for LGBT people.   

State

    

Bill Number

    

Status

IN   SB 100   3/14/2016: Dead
NC   HB 2   3/23/2016: Became Law
OK   SB 1289   5/27/2016: Dead
SC   S 1203   6/15/2016: Dead
VA   HB 385   3/11/2016: Dead
WV   SJR 13   3/15/2016: Dead

c.    Anti-Transgender Bills

We also increasingly saw bills that targeted transgender people for discrimination, such as barring access to or even criminalizing the use of appropriate facilities, including restrooms, or restricting transgender students’ ability to fully participate in school. 

State

    

Bill Number

    

Status

IL   HB 4474   5/31/2016:Dead
IN   HB 1031   3/14/2016: Dead
IN   HB 1079   3/14/2016: Dead
IN   SB 35   3/14/2016: Dead
KY   HB 364   4/15/2016: Dead
LA   HB 542   3/4/2016: Withdrawn Prior to Introduction
MI   HB 5717   12/31/2016: Dead
MI   SB 993   12/31/2016: Dead
MN   HF 3395   5/23/2016: Dead
MN   HF 3396   5/23/2016: Dead
MN   SF 3002   5/23/2016: Dead
MO   HB 1624   5/13/2016: Dead
MO   SB 720   5/13/2016: Dead
MS   HB 1258   4/24/2016: Dead
MS   HB 1523   4/5/2016: Became Law
NY   AB 10127   6/17/2016: Dead
OK   HB 2215   5/27/2016: Dead
OK   HB 3049   5/27/2016: Dead
OK   SB 1014   5/27/2016: Dead
OK   SB 1619   5/27/2016: Dead
SC   S 1203   6/15/2016: Dead
SC   S 1306   6/15/2016: Dead
SD   HB 1008   3/1/2016: Vetoed by Governor
SD   HB 1112   3/29/2016: Dead
TN   HB 2414/SB 2387   4/22/2016: Dead
TN   HB 2600/SB 2275   4/22/2016: Dead
VA   HB 431   3/11/2016: Dead
VA   HB 663   3/11/2016: Dead
VA   HB 773   3/11/2016: Dead
VA   HB 781   3/11/2016: Dead
WA   HB 2589   3/29/2016: Dead
WA   HB 2782   3/29/2016: Dead
WA   HB 2941   3/29/2016: Dead
WA   SB 6443   3/10/2016: Dead
WA   SB 6548   3/29/2016: Dead
WI   AB 469   6/1/2016: Dead

d.     Other Anti-LGBT Bills

State      Bill Number      Status
HI   HB 1337/SB 940   5/5/2016: Dead
OK   HB 1597   5/27/2016: Dead
OK   SB 724   5/27/2016: Dead
TN   HB 1412/SB 1437   4/22/2016: Dead
VA   HB 77   3/11/2016: Dead
VA   HB 397   3/11/2016: Dead

 

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