November 30, 2023

After being launched up to now two legislative periods, the PA Home of Representatives as we speak handed the CROWN Act, sponsored by state Rep. La’Tasha D. Mayes, D-Allegheny, to finish hair discrimination in Pennsylvania.

The CROWN Act would replace Pennsylvania’s present anti-discrimination legislation, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, to ban discrimination primarily based on hair kind, hair texture or coiffure in employment, faculties, and different public settings. 

“With the Home Democratic Caucus majority, we proceed to ship for Pennsylvanians by passing the CROWN Act, which might prohibit hair discrimination, thereby guaranteeing all Pennsylvanians have larger and equal alternatives,” Mayes mentioned. “After 4 years of Home Republicans refusing to behave, now we have now made progress with the CROWN Act, because of my co-sponsor, Speaker of the Home Joanna McClinton, who beforehand launched the CROWN Act in 2021 and 2019, although it didn’t obtain consideration underneath Home Republican management.”

Twenty-three states – together with Michigan in June 2023 and Texas in Might 2023, in addition to New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee, and Illinois — have handed the CROWN Act into legislation. Pittsburgh and Philadelphia have additionally handed CROWN Act ordinances.

The invoice handed by a vote of 182-21. It now strikes to the Senate for consideration.