Bill On Gender Identity Rights Not Likely To Pass

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Md. Senate President Thomas Mike Miller

Md. Senate President Thomas Mike Miller

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller says the chances of a measure aimed at preventing discrimination against transgender residents passing in the Senate are “next to none.”

Miller talked briefly with reporters on Tuesday about the bill passed by the House of Delegates over the weekend.

Miller, D-Calvert, says the Senate already has spent a significant amount of time working on social issues this session, which adjourns April 11. He says the Senate needs to focus on the budget and legislation that has a chance of passing with the remaining time.

The measure, which is now languishing in the Senate Rules Committee, would apply to people who believe they have been discriminated against because of gender identity when looking for employment or housing.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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