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'All-gender' single-use restroom bill goes to governor

If signed into law, bill would take effect on March 1, 2017

California businesses and state government buildings may be required to make single-occupancy restrooms available to all genders starting next year if a bill authored by Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, is signed into law.

The state Assembly on Monday passed Assembly Bill 1732 with a 57-18 vote following a 28-7 Senate vote last Thursday.

If signed into law, the bill could establish the nation's most inclusive restroom access law, according to Ting's office. It would require all single-user toilet facilities in any business, place of public accommodation or government agency to be identified as all-gender facilities. (Read Weekly's story, "Palo Alto students, families push district to evolve with changing gender norms").

"This bill sends a simple message that everyone's rights must be respected and protected. It provides a common sense alternative to the hate being enacted in other states," Ting said in a statement, referring to a North Carolina bill that was passed in March requiring people to use public restrooms consistent with their gender at birth.

"Restricting access to single use restrooms defies reason. It is a basic necessity of life and everyone should get in and out on the same terms.

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By signing this bill, Gov. Jerry Brown can chart a new course for equality that other states should follow," Ting said.

The bill is sponsored by Equality California, the Transgender Law Center and California NOW, according to Ting's office.

"Having restrooms open to all genders will mean less hassle for everyone going about their day and will allow people who don't fit neatly into expectations of what it looks like to be male or female to use the restroom without fear of harassment," Kris Hayashi, executive director of the Oakland-based Transgender Law Center, said in a statement.

The bill is next headed to Brown for his signature or veto before the end of September. If signed into law, the bill would take effect on March 1, 2017.

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'All-gender' single-use restroom bill goes to governor

If signed into law, bill would take effect on March 1, 2017

by Bay City News Service /

Uploaded: Wed, Aug 24, 2016, 3:59 pm

California businesses and state government buildings may be required to make single-occupancy restrooms available to all genders starting next year if a bill authored by Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, is signed into law.

The state Assembly on Monday passed Assembly Bill 1732 with a 57-18 vote following a 28-7 Senate vote last Thursday.

If signed into law, the bill could establish the nation's most inclusive restroom access law, according to Ting's office. It would require all single-user toilet facilities in any business, place of public accommodation or government agency to be identified as all-gender facilities. (Read Weekly's story, "Palo Alto students, families push district to evolve with changing gender norms").

"This bill sends a simple message that everyone's rights must be respected and protected. It provides a common sense alternative to the hate being enacted in other states," Ting said in a statement, referring to a North Carolina bill that was passed in March requiring people to use public restrooms consistent with their gender at birth.

"Restricting access to single use restrooms defies reason. It is a basic necessity of life and everyone should get in and out on the same terms.

By signing this bill, Gov. Jerry Brown can chart a new course for equality that other states should follow," Ting said.

The bill is sponsored by Equality California, the Transgender Law Center and California NOW, according to Ting's office.

"Having restrooms open to all genders will mean less hassle for everyone going about their day and will allow people who don't fit neatly into expectations of what it looks like to be male or female to use the restroom without fear of harassment," Kris Hayashi, executive director of the Oakland-based Transgender Law Center, said in a statement.

The bill is next headed to Brown for his signature or veto before the end of September. If signed into law, the bill would take effect on March 1, 2017.

Comments

Reisdent
Cuesta Park
on Aug 25, 2016 at 2:23 pm
Reisdent, Cuesta Park
on Aug 25, 2016 at 2:23 pm
Member
Monta Loma
on Aug 25, 2016 at 2:47 pm
Member, Monta Loma
on Aug 25, 2016 at 2:47 pm
juan olive
Old Mountain View
on Aug 25, 2016 at 3:16 pm
juan olive, Old Mountain View
on Aug 25, 2016 at 3:16 pm

To catagorize "Everyone" as HATEFUL IN OTHER STATES is what is wrong. Because someone does not agree, does not mean they have or are hateful people.

THE "PERSON" OR "PERSONS" WHO EXHIBIT HATE TOWARDS ANOTHER PERSON ARE THE ONE(S) WHO SHOULD BE DEALT WITH AND PUNISHED. BUT WHAT HAS BECOME THE NORM NOW, IS IF ONE DOES NOT AGREE WITH EVERYTHING ANOTHER SAYS, THEN HE/SHE APPARENTLY REPRESENT AN ENTIRE STATE AND ALL WILL BE LABELED HATEFUL.

I've never and never will say anything negative about others but because I live in one of the USA...I guess I'm told I am a hateful individual.
Go figure..........


Person who sits to pee
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Aug 25, 2016 at 3:40 pm
Person who sits to pee, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Aug 25, 2016 at 3:40 pm

As long as those that stand to pee don't miss their aim, keep the seat and the floor clean and respectable, then those of us who are used to clean facilities won't mind these unisex facilities.


OldMountainViewGuy
Registered user
Shoreline West
on Aug 25, 2016 at 4:02 pm
OldMountainViewGuy, Shoreline West
Registered user
on Aug 25, 2016 at 4:02 pm

the lunatics have taken over the asylum ... more insanity
from our extreme left wing social engineering legislature.
Please, let the pendulum swing back to something sane Lord...
My advice: Make sure Gavin Newsome is never elected governor.


nicole
Registered user
Rex Manor
on Aug 26, 2016 at 11:30 am
nicole, Rex Manor
Registered user
on Aug 26, 2016 at 11:30 am

I really don't understand the worry here. Do you not want to ever use a restroom another person of the opposite sex has used. Do you not share those at home? It makes me so sad to live somewhere where a number of people think their discomfort and lack of understanding should outweigh other's needs and safety. Believe me, people of all genders have been using the restrooms, and if so many states had not started to impose restrictive laws we would not need this.


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