Sarasota News Leader

11/15/2013

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KEEPING A PROMISE Carolyn Mason is chairwoman of the County Commission. File photo COUNTY COMMISSIONER FOLLOWS THROUGH ON PLEDGE TO PURSUE ANTI-DISCRIMINATION ORDINANCE By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor True to her word, Sarasota County Commission Chairwoman Carolyn Mason last week introduced the possibility of a countywide human rights ordinance that would protect gays and lesbians and many other groups from workforce and housing discrimination. hounding the commission for months on the topic, pushing the county to adopt the ordinance as a way to protect individuals who are not covered under the state's limited anti-discrimination statutes. During the commission meeting last Tuesday, Mason told The Sarasota News Leader two Nov. 5, Mason told the other board members weeks ago she would back such a measure and she had met with Nowak. Then she asked for their thoughts was willing to bring it on the human rights to the commission's attention to see if she I'm an annoying, persistent person. issue. Commissioner Christine Robinson could find support for Julia Nowak was the first to speak, it. Englewood Realtor Advocate Human Rights Ordinance saying she would like and property manager to see examples of Julia Nowak has been

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