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Anti-transgender ‘bathroom bill’ to get hearing today

A House committee is set to consider a watered-down version of a bill that would have barred transgender people from using public bathrooms not associated with their birth gender.

Rep. John Kavanagh changed his bill after a national civil rights group called it discriminatory and is expected to present the new version of his so-called bathroom bill in the Appropriations Committee Wednesday.

The new version no longer makes it a crime for a person to use a public bathroom not associated with the gender on their birth certificate.

Instead it says that local governments can’t force businesses to allow transgender people to use public accommodations associated with their preferred gender.

Both versions seek to undermine an anti-discrimination law in Phoenix.

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