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Montana transgender bathroom bill killed in committee; ballot initiative vowed

March 28, 2017

The Missoulian

Holly K. Michels

March 27, 2017-

HELENA – Legislators rejected a bill Monday that would have set up a statewide vote on whether transgender people could use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity, regardless of whether they match their gender at birth. The Montana Locker Room Privacy Act was carried by Rep. Carl Glimm, R-Kila. If voters had limited bathroom use for the transgendered, a person could sue a government agency, such as a school or county, that didn’t take reasonable steps to prohibit a member of the opposite sex from using a bathroom or locker room.

House Bill 609 was killed with 11 members of the House Judiciary Committee voting against the bill, seven voting for it and one abstaining. After the vote, the Montana Family Foundation, which supported the bill, said they will instead bring the Montana Locker Room Privacy Act as a ballot initiative.