Excerpts from the Ahwatukee Foothills News:
“Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, said Wednesday that colleagues remain concerned about the issue of those who biologically are men in women’s locker rooms or showers. But he said there isn’t enough time to craft a version that can get the needed votes for what was quickly dubbed the “bathroom bill.” . . .
“We don’t want to have young girls in women’s locker rooms being exposed to basically biological men in a state of undress,” he said at the time.
He originally sought to make it a crime, complete with a six-month jail term, for someone to use a facility where the sign on the door did not match the person’s genitals. That proved unacceptable.
So he tried an alternative: Void any local law that requires a business to let individuals use the restroom, locker or dressing room of his or her “gender identity or expression.” It also would have barred prosecution of businesses for refusing to let someone in a restroom the owner does not believe is gender appropriate.
While that was approved by the House Appropriations Committee, it failed to gain much traction in the rest of the chamber. Kavanagh said Wednesday the issue is pretty much dead this year. . . .
But Kavanagh vowed to resurrect it next year. . . .”
This bit of news came from Brahm Resnik, a political writer from AZcentral.com in an article titled: Show me your papers’ — before you pee.
This is from the bill (SB 1432):
A PERSON COMMITS DISORDERLY CONDUCT IF THE PERSON INTENTIONALLY ENTERS A PUBLIC RESTROOM, BATHROOM, SHOWER, BATH, DRESSING ROOM OR LOCKER ROOM AND A SIGN INDICATES THAT THE ROOM IS FOR THE EXCLUSIVE USE OF PERSONS OF ONE SEX AND THE PERSON IS NOT LEGALLY CLASSIFIED ON THE PERSON’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE AS A MEMBER OF THAT SEX.
Resnik says that the bill is intended for transgender people, making it a crime for them to use a bathroom that doesn’t match the gender on their birth certificate.
The hearing for this bill is scheduled 2 p.m. Wednesday (March 20th).
[UPDATED: March 20, 2013] The hearing has been postponed. This is from The Republic:
“The furor surrounding Phoenix’s new anti-discrimination law has found its way to the state Capitol, with opponents pushing a bill that would block many transgender people from using the public bathroom of their choosing. But in a surprise move, a scheduled hearing on the legislation was postponed Wednesday afternoon until sometime next week.
Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, wants to create Arizona’s first law governing restroom privileges. Under Senate Bill 1432, someone would be guilty of disorderly conduct if he or she uses a bathroom, locker room or dressing room that’s not designated for the sex listed on his or her birth certificate.
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Kavanagh submitted the proposal as a “strike everything” amendment to an existing bill, meaning it strikes out all the original language and uses its shell to advance an entirely different proposal. Because it has an emergency clause, the law would go into effect immediately if the governor signs it.
SB 1432 would make it illegal to enter a bathroom if signage indicates it is exclusively for the opposite sex. Authorities could charge violators with a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by a $2,500 fine and up to six months in jail.”
Original source: ‘Show me your papers’ — before you pee | Insiders.
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