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Introduced Version - Originating in Committee Senate Bill 850 History

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WEST virginia legislature

2020 regular session

Originating

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.

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