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Colorado Lawmakers Ax Biker Discrimination Bill

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Riff Raff Verschuy (credit: CBS)

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DENVER (AP) – A Colorado proposal to ban discrimination against people wearing motorcyclist gear hit the skids on its first test in the Legislature.

The bill to add “unconventional attire” to the state law that bars discrimination in public accommodations was defeated Wednesday in a House committee.

The bill would have put leather-clad motorcyclists alongside such protected categories as race, gender and religious affiliation.

A Republican who leads the committee that rejected the bill said it went too far in controlling private businesses.

The Democratic sponsor of the bill, Rep. Joe Miklosi, said he was glad he proposed the bill because it raised awareness. He said bikers are unfairly judged to be criminals.

LINK: House Bill 1128

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