HELENA — A Republican senator says a measure to overturn a Missoula city ordinance that protects gay people from discrimination lacks support from GOP leadership.
The Senate Local Government Committee passed House Bill 516 last week. But the bill was returned to the committee Tuesday and chairman Sen. Jon Sonju says it is doubtful the measure will go to the Senate floor.
Sonju says he moved the measure back to committee because it doesn't have the support of Senate leaders.
The proposal, carried by Republican Rep. Kristin Hansen, R-Havre, drew lengthy testimony during its hearings in the House and Senate.
Supporters said the bill would overturn an unconstitutional ordinance that infringes on the state's authority.
Opponents said the measure is targeted against the gay community and interferes with local governments' ability to govern.