Republican lawmakers also reject Democratic attempt to reign in spending millions of taxpayer dollars on private lawyers.
The new bill package offers an alternative to mild reforms proposed by the bipartisan racial disparities task force.
In flag-raising ceremony, Evers also signed executive orders to ban state money in “conversion therapy" and ensure inclusive language in state documents.
Groups advocating for communities of color oppose current bills, demanding Democrats reject them. “Your scraps, your crumbs, are insulting,” said one advocate.
Discrimination and stigma put transgender youths at greater risk of mental health issues. Bills targeting them only seek “to marginalize people,” Sen. Kelda Roys says.
On the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder, one lawmaker says moderate change is “not appropriate for this moment in history.”
County board member tells opponents of inclusiveness resolution, “Things are changing, whether we acknowledge it or not.”