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Prairie Village passes non-discrimination ordinance

Posted at 9:47 PM, Nov 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-19 23:53:42-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Prairie Village city council members unanimously voted Monday to pass a nondiscrimination ordinance that would offer legal protections to LGBTQ individuals. 

It is based on a similar measure adopted in Roeland Park.

The ordinance would apply to city employees, city contractors, businesses within the city and landlords. 

Currently, Kansas does not have a state-wide anti-discrimination policy. 

Roeland Park, Manhattan, Lawrence and Wyandotte County have all passed their own non-discrimination ordinance. The city of Mission is expected to vote on a similar measure in December. 

Governor-elect Laura Kelly said she plans to reinstate an executive order providing a protection from discrimination that former Gov. Sam Brownback rescinded in 2015. The order prohibited harassment, firing or discrimination against state workers based on sexual orientation or gender identity. 

Prairie Village was initially scheduled to discuss the proposed ordinance in September, but the meeting was canceled after several council members said they could not attend or call in.

A month later, council heard from more than two dozens residents about the ordinance.