Columbus – Today, Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D - Columbus) announced she will soon introduce legislation to address the issue of discrimination against minorities based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin. This bill is in response to a recent Columbus Dispatch article (July 25, 2016) that highlighted the discriminatory language still present today in real estate documents. The article reveals that many deeds and covenants blatantly excluded people of color from living in certain communities. The County Recorder Association of Ohio says the Ohio General Assembly must pass a law allowing them to redact the offending language.

“The language contained within these real estate documents represents a discriminatory practice that is abhorrent to not only the residents of Ohio who are being discriminated against, but to all communities,” Senator Tavares stated. “It is intolerable to still see racist language in deeds and covenants in 2016, and it is a reminder of our ugly history. This language is especially painful today as we see an increase in violence, hate speech and the growth of racist actions around the country.”

Tavares’ legislation would seek to prohibit the recording of discriminatory language in real estate deeds and covenants. The Legislative Service Commission is currently conducting research on states that have passed similar legislation.

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