- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - A bill that would expand protections for transgender people in Massachusetts could be moving closer to a vote by lawmakers.

Senate President Stan Rosenberg said on Boston Herald Radio Wednesday he’s tentatively scheduled Senate debate on the bill, which would bar discrimination in public accommodations including restrooms, for May 12. A legislative committee faces a Monday deadline to act on it.

Rosenberg and House Speaker Robert DeLeo, both Democrats, support the bill. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has said he opposes any form of discrimination but hasn’t committed to signing the measure if it reaches his desk.

Critics, including the Massachusetts Family Institute, say the bill raises concerns about the safety of women in restrooms and locker rooms.

Rosenberg says it would remain illegal to do anything that harms another person.

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