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Remember North Carolina's bathroom law? Lawmakers in 5 other states plan their own.


North Carolina's controversial HB-2 was set to be repealed -- then it wasn't. That bill has angered LGBT activists, who claim the law is discriminatory. It's caused businesses and events to abandon the state.

Despite that controversy, lawmakers in four other states (Alabama, Missouri, South Carolina and Washington) have crafted bathroom bills of their own for 2017, Vice News reports.

And the lieutenant governor of Texas has said he will prioritize passing a similar law in his state, according to The Wall Street Journal.

It is simply upholding the rights to security and privacy of everyone in Alabama, on both sides of the debate.
State Sen. Phil Williams, the bill's author


This bill was actually filed in spring of 2016, the Times Daily reports. The rule would require buildings with bathrooms that can fit more than one person either be used by the same gender or have an attendant outside to keep watch.


A state Senate bill would require public school students to only use the bathroom that matches their birth sex, not their gender identity. A state House bill would require all public restrooms be gender-segregated, according to The Kansas City Star.

This comes after a nondiscrimination ordinance in 2014 was repealed after conservative groups argued the bill would protect cross-dressing sexual predators.

South Carolina | A bathroom bill was shot down earlier this year, but another is in the works.

I don't know what problem he's proposing to solve.
Chuck Smith, Equality Texas


There's nothing officially on the books yet. But Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick praised North Carolina for not repealing HB-2 and said an equivalent bill in the works in Texas would let businesses determine their own bathroom policies. However, a spokesman for Joe Straus, the Republican speaker of the state House, said bathroom bills are 'not an urgent priority.'

Washington state

A bill filed earlier this month gets really specific -- it would allow any facility or business to segregate access to restrooms based on whether "the person is preoperative, nonoperative, or otherwise has genitalia of a different gender from that for which the facility is segregated."

It's not clear how this affects people who have undergone gender reassignment surgery, or how the rules would be monitored. The ruling would also apply to showers, locker rooms and saunas.

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