Anti-Discrimination Legislation

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The state Senate gave final approval today to extending the state's anti-discrimination law to gays, lesbians and people who have undergone a sex change.

Senator Doug Lamborn, a Colorado Springs Republican -- tried to change the bill to allow employers to bar workers from dressing as members of the opposite sex, but his amendment was denied. The bill now moves to the House.

The Senate also gave final approval today to setting up a two-year pilot program to help 400 severely obese Medicaid recipients lose weight through nutritional counseling, drugs and other therapy. That bill now heads to Governor Owens for approval.

In the House, representatives killed a bill that would have created a state income tax credit for contributing to a travel and tourism fund.

Representative Al White, a Republican from Winter Park -- says the state needs to do a better job of advertising tourism in Colorado -- but can't afford it.