An Arkansas bill advanced by a state House committee would require transgender students to use the restroom of their gender assigned at birth, instead of using the restroom matching their gender identity.
“Every child in our school and each school has a right to privacy and to feel safe in their bathrooms at school,” Representative Mary Bentley, R-Perryville, said at a hearing of the bill last week.
House Bill 1156, sponsored by Representative Bentley, would require public schools and open enrollment public charter schools to bar people from using a restroom that does not correspond with the sex listed on their birth certificate. The bill applies to places at schools where people “may be in various stages of undress” around others, which includes restrooms, locker rooms, changing rooms and shower rooms.
The bill would punish superintendents, principals or the administrative head of an open enrollment public charter school if they are found to be in noncompliance with the bill. They would see a 15% salary cut the following fiscal year, according to the bill.
The bill would also give parents of students who encounter a member of “the opposite sex” in a multiple occupancy restroom “cause of action,” which enables a person to bring an action against another.
#HB1156 passes #arleg House Ed to advance to House floor. These bills create an atmosphere of fear and discrimination and put transgender people even more at risk of harassment, violence and exclusion. Please contact your reps and ask them to oppose this dangerous legislation. pic.twitter.com/wiH87VZCMM
— Liberal ACLU of Arkansas (@ArkansasLiberal ACLU) January 31, 2023
The Arkansas House Education Committee approved a bill Tuesday that would restrict transgender people from using the restroom of their choice at school. https://t.co/OgLSt01mRT
— NWA Democrat-Gazette (@nwademgaz) February 1, 2023
Arkansas bill would require transgender students use restroom according to biological sex https://t.co/9rr8dzHZCw
— Fox News (@FoxNews) February 1, 2023
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