Bill Would Trump Metro Non-Discrimination Ordinance
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Less than 24 hours after the Metro Council passed a non-discrimination ordinance, a new bill on the state level threatens to trump that ordinance.
State Representative Glen Casada is backing the bill because he said ordinances like the one passed Tuesday night are getting in the way of business owners doing business in Tennessee.
"Whatever the state and feds have said is discrimination that's what we adhere to. The small number of complaints come from a group that want to expand the definition of discrimination and force our businessmen to adhere to policies that aren't business friendly," said Casada.
As it stands now, Metro Council is forcing any contractors that work for the city to agree not to discriminate based on sexual orientation.
Representative Casada said local governments have no business telling companies how to operate.
That's why he's pushing a new bill on the state level that would require local governments to adhere to state and federal laws and not change the definition of discrimination.
Council member Jamie Hollin said if Casada's bill passes, it will nullify the ordinance Metro Council passed Tuesday night.
"Twenty years from now I don't think this will be an issue anymore. I think we will have evolved as a society and I just hope that today's vote is not a signal that we want to be on the wrong side of history," said Hollin.
The bill passed the House Commerce sub-committee on Wednesday. It will go before the Commerce Committee next week.