A hot topic that has been contentiously debated recently in Grand Island has hit the Legislature.
Sen. Danielle Conrad of Lincoln proposed a measure Tuesday that would prohibit employers from considering sexual orientation when hiring, firing or promoting workers.
Conrad says she was inspired by recent conversations over gay-rights ordinances that have been taking place in Omaha, Lincoln and Grand Island.
Last fall, the Grand Island City Council voted on a city-wide ordinance that would disallow discrimination on sexual orientation, but the measure did not pass.
However, just one month later the council did pass an anti–discrimination measure that would protect individuals applying for city jobs.