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Miami FOP pushes for long-shot anti-discrimination bill

The Miami Fraternal Order of Police is hoping to build support for proposals to prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The union sent letters to two dozen state lawmakers on the issue Monday.

"I represent the 1,056 bargaining unit members of the Miami Police Department, including the LGBT officers who put themselves in harm's way every day to protect our communities," President Javier Ortiz wrote. "In this role, it is my responsibility to ensure that all of our members feel safe and work in an environment that is free of discrimination and harassment."

Despite pressure from the FOP, the bills (HB 33/SB 156) have little chance of becoming law this year. Herald/Times reporter Michael Auslen explains why here.