Gov. Carney orders anti-discrimination policy update

John Carney

DOVER — Gov. John Carney signed an executive order Wednesday directing state agencies to update their anti-discrimination policies and, in turn, to create a consistent statewide one.

The executive order instructs the Office of Management and Budget to merge various regulations prohibiting discrimination throughout state government into one policy.

It will include procedures for filing a complaint and will be implemented by April 1.

“I am committed to building a state government that is representative of all of the people we serve,” the governor said in a statement. “It’s important that we root out both explicit and implicit acts of discrimination. This executive order is an important first step that will lead to a consistent process for identifying and eliminating discrimination across all agencies of state government.”

The Democrat signed the order in his Wilmington office, accompanied by several other officials.

Former Gov. Jack Markell issued an order in August 2009 to create an environment “that fosters mutual respect and understanding among persons of different gender, race, color, religion, national origin, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or military or veteran status.”

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