Clarification on Human Rights Ordinance

Please consider this note an explanation of the Chamber’s originial intent to provide a position to the Leon County Commission about its scheduled vote next week on human rights that has generated some confusion and controversy. We want to strongly represent the business community in providing a clear and concise voice about the issue. We seek your comments and perspective between now and next Monday about this issue – to help us shape a policy statement to be conveyed to commissioners and Chamber membership. Contrary to the statement in the Chamber Action Alert on April 22, 2010, at this point no formal position has been taken. The Chamber Governmental Affairs Committee did have an initial meeting to discuss this issue and yesterday’s Action Alert reflected questions that needed further discussion.

Pending your input, please know that The Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce is always dedicated to the positive principle of respect for the rights of all individuals. We support equality for all people, as guaranteed by our U.S. Constitution, the Florida Constitution, and existing federal, state, and local laws. We oppose discrimination in any form – and are proud that our members and the entire business community have an exemplary track record of abiding by these key principles every day – and protecting the rights of all citizens.

Before taking any action, we want to urge commissioners to deeply research the issue further to determine the coverage provided by existing laws, processes and protections – and also to provide an economic projection of how this proposed ordinance is likely to impact local businesses. Thank you for your thoughtful perspective about this issue. I encourage you to send your input and comments to me HERE.

Thank you.

Sue Dick
Chamber President

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