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Idaho governor signs transgender bathroom bill


Idaho governor signs transgender bathroom bill

Story by Brooke Migdon

Idaho Gov. Brad Little, a Republican, this week signed legislation barring transgender students from using school facilities consistent with their gender identity, making the state the third this year — and this week — to enact such a law.

Little quietly signed Idaho’s Senate Bill 1100 Thursday without comment. The measure, first introduced in mid-February, sailed through the state’s GOP-controlled legislature, passing each chamber with an overwhelming majority.

The new law, effective July 1, prevents transgender public school students from using multiperson restrooms or locker rooms that match their gender identity. The law’s restrictions do not extend to single-occupancy facilities.

It also prohibits them from sleeping in the same room as their peers or sharing a bathroom or changing area during overnight field trips authorized by the school.

Students who are either “unwilling or unable” to use a school’s multiperson facilities that align with their sex assigned at birth may submit a written request for reasonable accommodation, according to the law, although such accommodations will “not include access to a restroom, changing facility, or sleeping quarter” consistent with their gender identity.

Republican Govs. Sarah Huckabee Sanders of Arkansas and Kim Reynolds of Iowa this week signed similar restrictions into law. At least three other states — Alabama, Oklahoma and Tennessee — have enacted so-called bathroom bills since 2021.


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