Breaking News: The Bill Is Out of Committee
Metro Weekly has surprising news about the Maryland state gender identity nondiscrimination bill. It had been thought that the Rules Committee was a graveyard for this bill, but the committee has passed it on to the next stop along the way to a floor vote.
Maryland Senator Katherine A. Klausmeier's (D-Baltimore County) office confirmed on Tuesday, April 5, that the Senate's Rules Committee is about to meet. The Rules Committee, according to multiple sources, is expected to take action today on House Bill 235, the Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Act.
[UPDATE @ 1:10 PM: According to Equality Maryland executive director Morgan Meneses-Sheets [and later confirmed by Klausmeier's staff], the gender identity nondiscrimination bill has made it out of the Rules Committee.
"It got sent out of the Rules Committee, so it will go to the Judicial Proceedings Committee. Certainly the leadership and the support of the LGBT caucus members has absolutely made a difference this entire week that we've been working on this," she says, "and we certainly are very thankful that they made that public statement." Gender Identity Bill Makes it Out of Maryland Senate Rules Committee