After discussing the issue at length in a workshop held this month, the Pensacola City Council is now expected to take up a proposed Human Rights Ordinance in February.
Earlier this month the council held a workshop to discuss the hotly-debated proposed ordinance. The marathon six hour-long meeting drew a crowd of more than 100 people with more than 60 speakers.
In a letter to the Pensacola city council, Council Executive Don Kraher notified council this week that he and the city attorney are seeking a February date for a review and/or action on the proposed Human Rights Ordinance:
In order to correct myself and after having a conversation with the City Attorney, we will be looking at a February date for a review/action on the Human Rights Ordinance.
The City Attorney will be working on the ordinance and in order to give it the full attention this piece of legislation deserves, anticipates a February date to be more appropriate and realistic.
I apologize for any previous communications to the contrary regarding this item. I think all would agree that with the importance of this piece of legislation, we want to be fully prepared and have this matter fully vetted.
Please know that this matter is moving forward for eventual Council action.
“An exact date has not been set,” Kraher told The Pulse Friday afternoon. “However, we anticipate a February 2016 timeframe for further review.”
In the City of Pensacola, the ordinance would ban discrimination in housing or in employment or in public accommodations, on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, military status, ancestry, national origin, place of birth, marital status, familial status, sex, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation; and that those who feel they’ve been discriminated against have the right to fight it out in court.
Sponsored by Councilman Brian Spencer, the ordinance would not be the first of its kind in the state. Dozens of other Florida cities and counties have already passed similar legislation.