Friday, March 9, 2012
After a lengthy debate on a simple agenda item, the board of commissioners votes to advertise a public hearing to consider an anti-discrimination ordinance.
The Abington Board of Commissioners OK’d a motion late last night allowing for the advertisement of a public hearing to consider an anti-discrimination ordinance; the motion passed by a vote of 11-4 and the hearing will be held Thursday April 12. Abington Board of Commissioners President Carol DiJoseph and Public Affairs Committee chairman Robert Wachter both stressed that the agenda item was to discuss whether the hearing for the proposed ordinance should be advertised, not whether the township should adopt the ordinance. But it didn’t matter. Many residents stepped up to the lectern to lambast the proposed ordinance, which would prohibit discrimination in the township on the basis of sexual orientation, sexual identity or sexual …
Thursday, March 1, 2012
The Abington Public Affairs committee OKs the advertisement of a public hearing for the anti-discrimination ordinance; full board meets March 8
Correction: The first version of the story included an older version of the ordinance. Attached is the correct one. Last night, the Abington Public Affairs committee approved a motion to advertise a public hearing to discuss an anti-discrimination ordinance. This is the latest step the township has taken to put such an ordinance in place. The hearing would be held April 12. The ordinance would establish a human relations commission and would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, sexual identity or sexual expression. The township has been mulling over such an ordinance for about a year. The board voted down a proposal in January 2010. Commissioner and chairman of the public affairs committee Robert Wachter was quick …
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Cheltenham becomes the latest municipality to adopt an anti-discrimination ordinance; it passes 6-1
Last night, the Cheltenham Board of Commissioners approved an anti-discrimination ordinance by a vote of 6-1. The township calls the policy the “Cheltenham Township Human Relations Ordinance.” The ordinance provides: “for the creation of the Cheltenham Township Human Relations Commission, and to prohibit discrimination in housing, accommodations, commercial property, employment and public accommodations on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, age, religious creed, ancestry, sex, national origin, handicap or disability, use of guide or support animals … or because of an individual’s actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression …” The commission will comprise nine members, each of whom will serve …
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Cheltenham VP: Ordinance is 'Common Sense'
The Cheltenham Board of Commissioners will likely vote on whether to adopt a township anti-discrimination ordinance at its meeting tonight. The proposed ordinance, should it pass, would create a township human relations commission. Cheltenham Board of Commissioners Vice President Harvey Portner said today that the board has been discussing an anti-discrimination ordinance for “quite a few years.” “We hope to have it done this evening, if we can avoid one of our commissioners picking it apart,” Portner said. Portner wouldn’t name the commissioner; he actually said the commissioner is likely in favor of the proposed ordinance. “It’s the fact that he’s an attorney and he picks apart every picayune detail,” Portner said. “He’s in favor of…
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Update: Following a long Wednesday night meeting, the consensus of the Abington Public Affairs Committee was to review the Jenkintown anti-discrimination ordinance with the township solicitor. Many residents spoke in favor of such an ordinance. Full story later today. -- The Abington Public Affairs Committee will discuss an anti-discrimination ordinance at its meeting tonight, according to the agenda. See the agenda here. Talks of such an ordinance have been floating around for about a year. See a story about the ordinance here. Check out a draft of the ordinance in the PDF section of this article. The meeting will be held at the township buildling
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
The amendments are in line with the district's new nondiscrimination statment.
The Abington School Board approved a motion last night amending several of the district’s policies to reflect the district’s relatively new nondiscrimination statement and policy. In late March, the board approved a modified professional and nonprofessional employee policy; “sexual orientation” and “gender identity/expression” were added as protected classes. See that story here. School board President Raymond McGarry said the board directed the district’s administration to identify other district policies that include a nondiscrimination statement … and align those policies with the updated one. The five policy sections affected in yesterday’s motion are: curriculum, regarding nondiscrimination of students in the classroom; human …