Thursday, January 05, 2017

The Onslaught Begins

In state legislatures across the country the hate bills are being introduced.
Virginia Republican Files Transgender Bathroom Bill
Fox News
By Gurnal Scott
January 4, 2017

Virginia lawmakers aren’t due back in session until next week, but Republican delegate Bob Marshall’s legislation filed Tuesday, will be up for discussion when they return.

The bill generally would do as the North Carolina law did limit transgender bathroom use in government buildings to birth gender.

But it goes further than North Carolina by requiring school principals to notify parents within 24 hours if a student requests to be treated or recognized by name as the opposite sex.
And sadly a Democrat introduced another hate bill…
Democrat gives new life to transgender bathroom bill in Kentucky
McClatchy DC
By Linda Blackford
January 4, 2017

A Democratic state lawmaker has revived Republican proposals to govern transgender use of public bathrooms and weaken local ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

State Rep. Rick Nelson of Middlesboro said he wasn’t aware of the two issues being problems in Kentucky, “but we want to be vigilant about what could happen.”

Nelson said he knows that Gov. Matt Bevin, a Republican, recently scoffed at the idea of a law requiring people to choose public bathrooms according to their biological sex. Similar laws recently caused a huge furor in North Carolina after several businesses, sporting events and entertainers canceled their plans in the state. They also are credited with the narrow upset of Republican Gov. Pat McCrory’s re-election bid.
In a twist the Republican governor is against the bill.
When asked about the possibility of a bathroom bill during a news conference in December, Bevin responded: “Why would we? Why would anybody need it? Is it an issue? Is there anyone you know in Kentucky who has trouble going to the bathroom? Seriously. Have you heard of one person in Kentucky having trouble taking care of business in Kentucky?”

Bevin said “the last thing we need is more government rules.”
And what does the Republican control legislature think about all this?
Although the Republican-led state Senate favored a bill limiting transgender students to school bathrooms that match their biological sex in 2015, GOP leaders of the House and Senate have said they want to focus this year on economic issues rather than social issue.
The Democratic representative should just shut up and sit down and in this case listen to his Republican colleagues and concentrate on the economy.

Haven't they learned their lesson after what happened in North Carolina with businesses backing out of the state, loss of conferences and sports and entertainment events.


Mandy Sherman said...

With regard to: "But it goes further than North Carolina by requiring school principals to notify parents within 24 hours if a student requests to be treated or recognized by name as the opposite sex." If the student knows this will happen, the best counter would be to have told the parents first. Wonder what would be the result when the parent says to the principal: "Yes, we know John wants to be known as Susie..." Bet that principal would be left babbling... And if students don't know it would happen, then it should be well publicized...

Diana_CT said...

Well first off, if a school teacher, staff, or administrator said “Yes, we know John wants to be known as Susie” to anyone besides the student or the student’s parents they would be violating the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act which is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. And if the person who said that was covered by HIPAA then they would be breaking that law also both carry heavy fines, loss of funding and in some case criminal penalties.
Second, in some cases the parents of the student do not have right to know, if the student is 18 or older the student must consent to tell them.

Mandy Sherman said...

Interesting's much more complicated than most of the law-proposers realize. And probably more than "even we," the subject of the laws, realize. Thanks for keeping us enlightened!