Sarasota just became the fourth local government to put pressure on state lawmakers to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. The amendment states, "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex."

State Rep. Margaret Good and members of the Sarasota chapter of the American Association of University Women sat before the Sarasota City Commission on Monday seeking approval of a resolution urging the state Legislature to take up the matter.

City commissioners unanimously agreed to send a signal to Tallahassee. The resolution asks Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Legislature to ratify the amendment, something 37 states have already done. Thirty–eight states are needed, and Illinois became the 37th last May.