Failure to protect people in public facilities disappointing

Legislation to repeal a new rule forcing private businesses, restaurants, private clubs and even public schools, to allow people to use the restrooms, locker rooms and dressing rooms of their chosen gender failed in the Senate today by a 24-25 margin. Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-Pierce County, supported repealing the rule, which took effect Dec. 26.

“Unelected state bureaucrats should not put at risk women and children, who deserve a sense of privacy and safety while using a public restroom, and certainly not at a child’s local school,” said O’Ban.

The rule was put in place by the state Human Rights Commission, a group of five people appointed by the governor tasked with adopting, amending, or repealing rules regarding state anti-discrimination laws.

“I’ve heard an incredible amount of concern from parents not only in my local Pierce County community, but throughout the entire state,” said O’Ban. “I’m also concerned with the process undertaken by unelected commissioners. This is far too important an issue to be decided without thorough public input and the Legislature should have the opportunity to find a meaningful response to protect children.”