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Gender Identity Added as a Factor in Determining Hate Crime (SB 1943 / HB 1982)

Adds gender identity to the list of victim characteristics which should be considered as an enhancement factor in sentencing.

Bill Analysis

Currently, a person’s criminal sentence can be enhanced if it is determined that the person intentionally committed a crime against another because the victim exhibited one of a number of characteristics. These characteristics include, among others, the victim’s “race, religion, color, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry or gender.” This bill would add “gender identity” to the list.

Bill Sponsors

Kyle in the Senate
Jones in the House

Bill Status

No action taken in the House or Senate.

Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill

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Mandates Contraception Coverage for Insurance Policies (SB 1142 / HB 721)

BRequires that every group health insurance policy, to the extent not preempted by federal law, have coverage for ALL contraceptive drugs and devices approved by the FDA.

Bill Analysis

This is very similar to the Obamacare mandate on contraception, which resulted in a lawsuit from the Little Sisters of the Poor. The bill does offer a mild religious liberty exception but requires an organization to file for a religious exemption (subject to approval) and offer written notice to prospective enrollees.

Bill Sponsors

Kyle in the Senate
Powell in the House

Bill Status

No action taken in the House or Senate.

Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill

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Contraceptive Drugs Coverage (SB 1142 / HB 721)

BILL SUMMARY

Requires that every group health insurance policy, to the extent not preempted by federal law, have coverage for all contraceptive drugs and devices approved by the FDA.

BILL ANALYSIS

This is very similar to the Obamacare mandate on contraception, which resulted in a lawsuit from the Little Sisters of the Poor. The bill does offer a mild religious liberty exception but requires an organization to file for a religious exemption (subject to approval) and offer written notice to prospective enrollees.

BILL SPONSORS

Kyle in the Senate, Powell in the House

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Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill

BILL STATUS

No action taken in the House or Senate.

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