Arkansas panel votes to study bill limiting which restrooms transgender people can use

LITTLE ROCK — An Arkansas Senate panel has voted to study a bill limiting which restrooms transgender people can use that had stalled in this year's legislative session after facing opposition from the state's Republican governor, tourism groups and LGBT rights supporters.

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday adopted the interim study proposal on the measure, which would have required every restroom or changing facility accessible by multiple people at the same time in a government building be designated for use by members of only one sex. The bill's sponsor, Republican Sen. Linda Collins-Smith, withdrew her proposal in March and referred it to interim study after it stalled before the committee.

Wednesday's vote clears the way for the panel to hold hearings on the issue while the Legislature is out of session.

Read Thursday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.


hah406 says...

Please tell me why this matters at all! It seems to me it is just a waste of time and resources, and another way for republicans to pander to part of their base. They lost same sex marriage fight, so they needed another one based on gender and restrooms to keep it going? Guess they still need that money from Jerry Cox.

Posted 21 June 2017, 1:05 p.m. Suggest removal

Marks says...

hah406 please explain to me and other online readers your comment about Legislators getting money from Jerry Cox?

Posted 21 June 2017, 1:15 p.m. Suggest removal

Kharma says...

Let's just make all restrooms open too all - unisex - no more urinals, a row or two of completely enclosed toilet stalls (no door, top, or bottom gaps), and with a common hand washing area. Problem solved.

Posted 21 June 2017, 1:26 p.m. Suggest removal

nrb says...


Posted 21 June 2017, 4:52 p.m. Suggest removal

Popsmith says...

It's real simple.
If a person wants to be a female, use the women's facilities.
If a person wants to be a male, use the men's facilities.
That's the way it's always been done.
If someone doesn't want to act accordingly, they have a problem.

Posted 21 June 2017, 9:09 p.m. Suggest removal

DontDrinkDatKoolAid says...

Popsmith, they do have a problem, and they do need some form of psychiatry.

Posted 21 June 2017, 9:38 p.m. Suggest removal

RBBrittain says...

DDDKA, the closest we transgender people come to being "mentally ill" is from constantly hearing that kind of garbage from the likes of you and Sen. Collins-Smith. (It actually has a name: "gender dysphoria".) We know what's between our legs; but we also know what's in our MINDS, and that's what the mental health profession says we SHOULD live by for our OWN mental health. Popsmith is right: Let us live how we choose to live; we've been doing that for many, many years with NO ill effects. Otherwise, YOU are the problem.

Posted 22 June 2017, 1:37 a.m. Suggest removal

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