According to a story in the Florida Times-Union (Thursday, May 7), Councilman Aaron Bowman filed a bill yesterday to correct problems identified by Florida’s First District Court of Appeal that made Jacksonville’s existing Human Rights Ordinance (HRO) unenforceable.
Bowman co-sponsored the 2017 Human Rights Ordinance prohibiting discrimination against people based on sexual orientation or gender identity. That bill passed in February 2017 on a majority vote of 12-6.
Jaxlookout obtained a copy of the bill from Councilmember Bowman’s assistant, Carol Brock. In an email to Jaxlookout, Brock explained that the bill “mirrors the intent of the originally enacted 2017 HRO legislation, Ordinance 2017-15-E. This legislation will bring the Council’s former action on the Human Rights Ordinance into conformance with the First DCA’s recent interpretation of the law.”
This issue will be part of the City Council’s agenda when it meets on Tuesday, May 12 at 5pm. The public is encouraged to participate online through the City’s website at www.coj.net