Dr. Jillian T. Weiss

South Dakota's Senator Tim Johnson: Legislator of the Day

Filed By Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 30, 2009 10:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics, Politics
Tags: employment discrimination, Employment Non-Discrimination Act, ENDA, South Dakota, Tim Johnson

Will Senator Tim Johnson of South Dakota support S1584, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)?

Though he might seem to be leaning yes, we don't know where he is on this important bill. Please call him and ask.

I remind you that there will be a Senate hearing next Thursday, November 5, which we will be liveblogging here at Bilerico. Please join us at 10 a.m. to get commentary as the Committee members and the witnesses discuss ENDA.

There are 23 members of the Senate Committee that will be hearing this matter. 11 are confirmed yes votes, 11 are unconfirmed, and 1 is a confirmed no vote. Click here to see their positions.

Contact info about Senator Johnson, and more after the jump.

Senator Johnson was a co-sponsor of the hate crimes bill in this Congress and the last one, and he voted against the Republican filibuster and for the bill.

It seems like Senator Johnson would be "leaning yes" on this bill.

But will he support ENDA now? We don't know. We have 56 likely yes votes - if Senator Johnson and others who are leaning yes do the right thing.

Please call Senator Johnson and ask that he support S1584, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. If you're not sure what to say when you call, click here for a "Step-by-Step Script For Calling Legislators On ENDA."

You may get a staffer who is unaware of the Senator's position on ENDA. Take a moment to explain what it is, and to ask if he or she can get some information on the Senator's position. Tell us what they said in the comments below.

Senator Tim Johnson:
DC Phone: 202-224-5842
(Toll free DC Capitol line: 866-220-0044)
Sioux Falls 605-332-8896
Aberdeen 605-226-3440
Rapid City 605-341-3990
(Click here for email)

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Interestingly, Wikipedia contains information that appears to be incorrect about Senator Johnson's position on a previous ENDA bill in 2004.

FYI, the Wikipedia page you link there is for Tim Johnson of Illinois, a House representative. I assume the information is probably accurate for that Tim Johnson.

Oh my goodness, you are absolutely correct! I will revise the post to remove the Wikipedia reference.

I'm glad that someone is actually reading my posts. :)

Dr. Weiss could you give a brief history of ENDA? I know Hate Crimes took 11 years to finally pass. Also, I discovered a group that plans a phone-a-thon the Senate starting Monday to pressure them NOT to support this bill.