URGENT – Support Bill #6548

By February 1, 2016Washington
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URGENT:  Plan to attend the hearing on SB 6548 (http://app.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=6548&year=2015) on Monday, February 1, at 1:30 p.m. in the Senate Committee on Law and Justice.  If you are unable to attend, please contact committee members (http://app.leg.wa.gov/Rosters/CommitteeMembersByCommittee/Senate) plus your district senator (Legislative Hotline 1-800-562-6000) and ask for support of this bill to reverse the Human Rights Committee’s ruling.  This bill provides that “Nothing in this chapter prohibits a public or private entity from limiting access to a private facility segregated by gender … to a person if the person is preoperative, nonoperative, or otherwise has genitalia of a opposite gender from that for which the facility is segregated.” (SB 6548 p. 3, l. 6-11)  This bill allows for minor children or disabled persons with caretakers to continue use of opposite-gender facilities when the guardian is of the same gender for which the facility is segregated.