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Bill Would Help Smaller Cities Enforce LGBT Anti-Discrimination Laws

A state lawmaker wants a state panel to help municipalities crack down on sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination. 

More and more local government entities are considering LGBT-friendly policies such as adding sexual orientation or gender identity to the list of protected classes. 

State Rep. Michael Stinziano of Columbus says he’s proposing a bill that would enlist the Ohio Civil Rights Commission to help the small municipalities that don’t have the resources to enforce these rules. 

“If you support your local communities you absolutely should be behind this proposal. I think the local communities know what’s best for their residents for what the value of those communities are,” Stinziano said. 

The civil rights commission could carry out investigations into complaints and offer recommendations.