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AG Healey Hosts Roundtable For Transgender Youth

Attorney General Maura Healey speaks during a press conference at the State House in 2015. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Attorney General Maura Healey speaks during a press conference at the State House in 2015. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
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State Attorney General Maura Healey hosts a roundtable Tuesday to hear from transgender youth and their families, as Massachusetts lawmakers consider expanding protections against discrimination.

But so far, the legislation is making little progress on Beacon Hill.

Gov. Charlie Baker says he supports nondiscrimination in Massachusetts for anybody, but on Monday he refused to say if he would sign the transgender bill, were it to make it to his desk.

"The details on this one are important and I know the Legislature has been working on it and we look forward to seeing what they produce," the governor said.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo supports the legislation, and has been asking his members where they stand.

But when asked if it will come up this session, he said: "My hope is really that we do it this session. The closer it gets to the end of the session, it becomes, I suppose, more doubtful. But my hope still is that we try to get it done this session."

DeLeo says he's not sure if he has the votes to override a possible veto.

Healey was one of the officials who testified in favor of the legislation at a Beacon Hill hearing in October.

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