Republican lawmakers also reject Democratic attempt to reign in spending millions of taxpayer dollars on private lawyers.
Community leaders are encouraged by early actions and statements, but they want the president’s intentions to turn into real reforms.
"What happened was racially motivated, and don’t let anyone else tell you that it’s not always about race."
State constitution would bar discrimination on the basis of gender as the original ERA, but also offer protection in many more ways.
“We don’t need a two-hour explanation for what our eyes can see,” said a Blake family attorney.
A GOP lawsuit and a conservative state Supreme Court could lead to ballots being challenged, thrown out.
Projects provide expression, opportunity, even a boost to tourism.