Kentucky Democrat files transgender bathroom bill

Posted at 5:00 PM, Jan 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-05 17:00:21-05

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- A Democratic lawmaker in Kentucky has filed a bill to ban transgender bathroom use in public buildings.

The bill filed by state Rep. Rick Nelson would require bathrooms in public buildings "only be used by persons based on their biological sex." He also filed a bill aimed at protecting "a person's right of conscience."

LGBT advocates feared such bills would be filed now that Republicans control the state legislature. But Republicans have downplayed those issues in recent weeks, saying they want to focus on economic concerns.

Nelson told The Courier-Journalhe wants to make sure the bills are filed in case "the other side decides not to do them."

Chris Hartman, director of the Fairness Campaign, said both bills would cost the state millions of dollars if they become law.