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Nebraska: Nebraska EOC Sued
for Reverse Discrimination!
Nebraska Equal Opportunity
Commission's Director of Operations sues agency for reverse discrimination. State
Treasurer refuses to sign settlement checks for other employee's discrimination claims!
Agency is out of control! (Hastings Tribune, Sept. 10, 1997)
Montana (Helena): Rep. Rick Jore Seeks End
to Quotas in Montana
"Rep. Rick Jore, a Republican, wants the 1999 Legislature to consider two bills to
ban programs that grant preferential treatment to an individual or group on the basis of
race, color, ethnicity, national origin or sex in public employment, public education or
public contracting. The two pieces of legislation, still in draft form, are essentially
the same, but one seeks to change state law and the other seeks to ask voters to amend the
"Two virtually identical measures were proposed in the 1997 Legislature, by Rep. Bill
Boharski, R-Kalispell, but were unsuccessful.
"Jore said Thursday he's proposing the bills because he believes programs that give
advantages to one group or individual lead to racial divisions. He said government should
be 'color-blind and gender-blind.' 'The idea of preferential policies to compensate
for past discrimination is the seed for animosity,' said Jore. 'Two wrongs don't make a
right.' " (Billings Gazette, 01-08-99, by Erin P. Billings)
[ link http://www.billingsgazette.com/region/990108_reg009.html
(Fayetteville): Gov. Jim
Hunt Prefers Minority Firms! (05/07/99)
"Gov. Jim Hunt has promised to more than double the states goal for awarding
contracts to minority-owned companies -- a recurring problem that has plagued his
administration. Hunt signed an executive order last month pledging that his administration
would award 8 percent of state contracts to minority-owned businesses this year and 10
percent next year.
[According to Joyce Ashby, coordinator of North Carolinas Historically Underutilized
Business program]: "Weve been making some aggressive efforts to ensure
more minority businesses are aware of whats available to them, but for whatever
reason we have not been able to get more (minority) businesses involved. This order shows
we are committed to doing that.
"At L&L Drywall on Gillespie Street, [minority] owner Clayton Locklear has been
registered with the HUB program for eight years. Since then, the company has been
awarded dozens of contracts by Cumberland County for work at public schools.
"Its a good program for minorities, said Locklear, who has been in
business for 22 years. "I dont think a lot of businesses know about
"[Gov. Jim Hunts administration] has made repeated pledges to broaden
contracting opportunities for minorities, but often those promises have fallen
short." (Fayettevillenc.Com, by Robert Bell 05/07/99)
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