2016 Legislative Preview: 36 Legislatures in Session, Utah Convenes this Week

Hayley Miller

While a majority of state legislatures are already in session, the Utah state legislature begins a new session this week.

In 2015, protections against anti-LGBT discrimination in employment and housing were passed in Utah. This year, however, it is highly likely that anti-transgender and religious refusal legislation will be introduced in Utah.

More than 115 anti-LGBT bills were introduced in 2015, many of which have been held over to 2016. In addition to Utah, at least 26 states have a high likelihood of anti-LGBT legislation in 2016.

The types of legislation vary from targeting the rights of transgender people, to eliminating local non-discrimination protections, to explicitly authorizing anti-LGBT discrimination by individuals, businesses and even taxpayer-funded agencies.

Legislative sessions will soon begin in Oklahoma, Oregon, Alabama and Connecticut. To learn more about what lies ahead for equality in your backyard, visit HRC’s newest resource, “Preview 2016: Pro-Equality and Anti-LGBT State and Local Legislation.”


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