had passed in the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 3-2 vote.
Well, it did much better once it got to the Senate floor. The Hawaii Senate passed HB 546 on a 22-2 vote. It already passed in the Hawaii House by a similarly lopsided 42-4 margin.
The legislation prohibits
employment discrimination based on gender identity and expression and adds the protections to the employment section of
Hawaii's nondiscrimination law. That law already covers housing and
public accommodation discrimination based on gender identity and
The good news is that unlike the previous GOP governor, Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) is expected to sign it.