- Local school districts may have trouble deciding how to best serve their transgender students.
Two Republican lawmakers want the state to take those decisions out of the school districts' hands.
Representative Jesse Kremer and Senator Steve Nass are proposing a bill that would bar transgender students from using the locker room or bathroom assigned to the gender with which they identify.
Kremer and Nass want to require school boards to designate bathrooms and locker rooms as exclusive to one gender.
They also want the state Department of Justice to defend school districts in lawsuits that challenge the requirements.
An analysis of the bill from the Legislative Reference Bureau defines gender as the "physical condition of being male or female."
Kremer says the legislation is aimed at providing safety and privacy to students who use the restrooms and locker rooms.
|Story By: Associated Press