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City Council Votes to Table Nondiscrimination Bill

In a 7-2 decision, Springfield City Council voted Monday night to table the proposed nondiscrimination bill. The bill would add gay and transgendered people to the list of those potected from discrimination under city ordinance. KSMU’s Samuel Crowe was at the City Council meeting and files this report.

[SOUND: crowd inside City Hall]

A full capacity crowd gathered inside Historic City Hall Monday night, awaiting Council’s decision on the nondiscrimination bill. And they got their decision right away when Council voted to table the bill, referring it to a community task force. This task force, according to Councilman Doug Burlison, will review the proposal and help both sides find some sort of compromise.

Burlison says council’s vote was made in an effort to cool lingering tensions from both sides, and to clear up any remaining misunderstandings about the proposal.

“This will be revisited again, once the task force work is done. At that point, we’ll see if we have a better product or if we’re back in the same spot we are right now,” Burlison said.

Burlison says he expects the task force to conclude its work within the next thirty days, when it will send the bill to Council for approval. For KSMU News, I’m Samuel Crowe.