OLR Bill Analysis

SB 21

AN ACT CONCERNING THE MILITARY DEPARTMENT'S NONDISCRIMINATION LAWS.

SUMMARY:

This bill broadens the scope of the law barring discrimination in the state's armed forces to more closely align with the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities' antidiscrimination laws and federal policies relating to the armed forces.

Current law prohibits denying membership or promotion in the state's armed forces based on race, creed, or color. The bill eliminates creed and adds religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression. It subjects the prohibitions to federal laws or regulations governing membership in the National Guard.

Similarly, current law prohibits the state's armed forces from forming units or assigning duties or accommodations that result in segregation based on race, creed, or color. The bill eliminates creed and adds religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression, except that accommodations may be assigned consistent with any federal military regulation and service policy.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

BACKGROUND

Related Bill

sSB 197, reported favorably by the Veterans Committee, prohibits discrimination, on the basis of a veteran's status, in employment, public accommodations, and several other laws over which the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities has jurisdiction.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Veterans' Affairs Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

13

Nay

0

(03/03/2016)