Weekly Update - LGBTQ+ Legislation Today

March 9, 2022

This week anticipates movement on healthcare legislation, athlete legislation, curriculum, and pronouns legislation.

 

Here’s the latest in legislation across the nation.

Upcoming Hearings:

22 March

  • AZ HB2161 (parental rights) - Senate Ed @ 14:00 UMST
  • TN HB0800 (curriculum/don’t say gay) - House Finance @ 15:00 CST
  • TN HB2633 (misgendering) - House K-12 Subcmte @ 16:30 CST

23 March

  • AZ SB1138 (healthcare ban) - House Jud @ 8:00 UMST
  • TN SB2696 (healthcare ban) - Senate Health @ 15:00 CST

24 March

  • AZ HB2033 (repeal fines for JJ) - 9:00 UMST @ Senate Jud

Here are Some Important Bills to Watch This Week: 

CA AB2541 would amend Sections 56836.39 and 56836.40 of the Education Code to allocate funding for D/deaf and Hard of Hearing children. Increasing accessibility and funding for disability would allow progress in California toward education equality. State Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva introduced this bill. 

MN HF4398 would include provisions for supervision of police killings and needle exchanges. This omnibus bill has multiple medical clauses and provisions for a law enforcement review board and SSPs. It was introduced by Rep. Tina Liebling.

AZ SB1210 would remove law enforcement from mental health crises. It crossed over on March 15.

MA S1566 would promote rehabilitation including guaranteed health, treatment, and safety for incarcerated LGBTQI+ People. This bill just crossed over on March 17.

AK HB38 is a bill that was introduced recently. It would address missing and murdered Indigenous women. 

PA HB2424 would establish the Compassionate Name Change Assistance Grant Program and the Compassionate Name Change Assistance Grant Fund. It was introduced on March 16.

CT SB00448 would ensure that a sufficient number of licensed mental

health care providers, including at least four licensed mental health care providers with experience in substance use disorder diagnosis and treatment, are placed at each correctional institution under its jurisdiction to provide mental health care services to inmates. It was introduced on March 21.

MN HF4282 would require school-sponsored sports teams required to be designated by biological sex. SC S0531 is a similar bill, titled "save Women's Sports Act"; this bill would amend Article 5, Chapter 1, Title 59 Of The 1976 Code, to provide that public and private middle school-level and high school-level teams and sports must be designated based on biological sex.

Every child deserves to be able to study hard, make friends, and participate in activities that keep them smart and healthy. Equality Federation believes it is possible to both celebrate girls’ sports and protect transgender youth from discrimination, helping ensure that all young people can grow and reach their full potential from the lessons and opportunities that sports afford.

To see a complete list of legislation we are tracking, head to our State Legislation Tracker, which monitors nationwide important state legislation affecting LGBTQ+ Americans.

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