Arizona

Mar 26, 2013 12:11 PM

Arizona Republican softens anti-transgender bill

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona lawmaker is watering down legislation to prohibit transgender people from using public bathrooms not associated with their birth gender after a national civil rights group called it discriminatory.

Rep. John Kavanagh is expected to present the new version of his so-called bathroom bill 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.

Also, the Arizona Republic (http://bit.ly/YC5AIX) reports that critics of Kavanagh have filed papers organizing a campaign to force a recall election for the Fountain Hills Republican.

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