A bill that seeks to prohibit discrimination in the areas of housing, employment, licensing and commercial leasing, against transgender Marylanders, just passed its first hurdle, moving through the Government Operations Subcommittee of the Health and Government Operations Committee, according to Del. Joseline Pena-Melnyk's (D- Anne Arundel, Prince George's) office.
Though details of passage of the bill through subcommittee were not immediately available, a representative from Pena-Melnyk's office told Metro Weekly amendments were made this afternoon to the bill "quickly," and they will be posted on the H.B. 235's official page shortly.
Pena-Melnyk is the lead sponsor of the bill. The bill will be put to a committee vote next week according to her office. If that vote is favorable, the bill will move to the House for a floor vote.
Currently, Baltimore City and Montgomery County provide protections against discrimination on the basis of gender identity with regard to housing, employment and public accommodation. Supporters of the statewide legislation argue that often times people are unaware of these local protections.