Governor Nixon in his State of the State Address has called for the legislature to pass the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act, which aims to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

House Republicans haven’t hammered down a position on that proposal according to Speaker Tim Jones (R-Eureka).

“We haven’t discussed that issue,” Jones says of his caucus. “I’m not sure about the details regarding that matter. I’ll have to sit down with Senator (Tom) Dempsey and speak with him about the matter.”

The legislation was passed by the Senate as an amendment to a House Bill (HB 320) in the final hour of the 2013 session but was not taken up in the House.

Nixon said in his addre, “No Missourian should be fired because of who they are or who they love.”