WEST virginia legislature
2020 regular session
Senate Bill 850
By Senators Baldwin, Beach, Clements, cline, Hardesty, Jeffries, Lindsay, Maynard, Pitsenbarger, Romano, Rucker, Smith, Takubo, Weld, Woelfel, and Trump
[Originating in the Committee on the Judiciary; reported on February 24, 2020]
A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §5-11-21, relating to prohibiting racial discrimination based on certain hair textures and hairstyles.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
ARTICLE 11. HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION.
§5-11-21. Racial discrimination based on certain hair textures and hairstyles; definitions.
(a) For the purposes of this article, discrimination based on race includes, but is not limited to, discrimination based on hair textures and protective hairstyles historically associated with a particular race.
(b) The term “protective hairstyles” includes, but is not limited to, hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to clarify that race discrimination includes discrimination based on certain hair textures and styles.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.