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Wisconsin Assemblyman May Re-introduce School Bathroom Bill

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The bill Republican state Rep. Jesse Kremer says he will likely re-introduce would require Wisconsin public school students to use the bathrooms, locker rooms, etc. that correspond with their birth gender.

He made his statement on the same day President Trump rescinded federal guidelines from the Obama administration that encouraged public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that correlate with their gender identity.

Kremer says a state law could protect Wisconsin and its school districts from vacillating federal policies. The bill he supported last session died in committee following opposition including from transgender students.

Also on Wednesday, an attorney representing a transgender student in Kenosha insisted that the revoked federal guidance related to bathroom use would not impact a lawsuit there. A federal judge, in September, ordered Tremper High School to allow senior Ashton Whitaker to use the boys bathroom. Attorney Ilona Turner says the judge ruled that the school could not discriminate against transgender students. Tremper is appealing.

The Trump administration contends that the states should set their own rules regarding the use of student facilities.

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