Debate continued Monday on a bill that would bar Nebraska employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation. 


Senator Danielle Conrad of Lincoln is the sponsor of the bill that seeks to protect workers from being fired because of their sexual or gender preferences.


The proposal advanced by the Judiciary Committee last month would apply to all public employees, government contractors, and private businesses with 15 or more workers. Religious organizations and colleges would be exempt.


Lawmakers began debating the bill on Thursday, before adjourning for the weekend. A group of conservative lawmakers is trying to kill the bill, saying it could expose businesses to lawsuits.


Supporters will try to end the debate and force a vote on Monday evening.