Springfield, MO - Springfield City Council approved a motion by Councilman Thomas Bieker to table a bill that would have added sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected categories in the City’s nondiscrimination ordinance in the City Code. The categories were to be covered in the area of employment, public housing and accommodations.
The Mayor will seek input from City Council as to the specific charge to be given to a citizen-led task force to further address the issue, and also to the stakeholders that need to be included on the task force.
“Obviously, this is going to take some time and City Council is not going to rush this process. This is an important issue for our community and needs to begiven due consideration,” said Mayor Bob Stephens.
Following input from Council, the application process will be developed and the public will be notified through a news release, the City’s website, and the social media channels the City consistently uses.
Council’s action tabled both the original bill that was heard Aug. 13, and an emergency bill offered by Mayor Pro Tem Seifried that appeared on the Aug. 27 agenda, which proposed to send this issue to the voters on the November ballot. Thus, there was no public hearing on either of these two bills during the Aug. 27 City Council meeting.