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House leader seeks anti-discrimination rules for Legislature

Added 02-26-21 12:22:02am EST - “Democratic House Speaker Brian Egolf says he wants to add new provisions to legislative ethics rules that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender and sexual identity.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “House leader seeks anti-discrimination rules for Legislature”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Democratic House Speaker Brian Egolf says he wants to add new provisions to legislative ethics rules that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender and sexual identity.

Egolf, who is confronting a conflict-of-interest complaint before the State Ethics Commission, told news media on Thursday that he will ask a panel of leading lawmakers to incorporate elements of New Mexico’s Human Rights Act into rules that apply to the Legislature and its staff.

He said the request to the Legislative Council committee cannot be made until late spring after the March 20 conclusion of the current legislative session because of procedural constraints.

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“I want to be sure that if we have concerns from the public or from members or the staff that there are inappropriate things occurring that would constitute a violation of Human Rights Act, that the appropriate body be able to look at that conduct and issue a recommendation to the full House or the full Senate to consider taking action if a member’s behavior is inappropriate,” Egolf said.

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