- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas House member says he has drafted a proposal that would prevent transgender students from using school bathrooms that do not match their birth genders.

But Republican Rep. John Whitmer of Wichita told The Wichita Eagle (https://bit.ly/1Onm4RE ) that he doesn’t plan to push for a debate during the Legislature’s coming special session unless Democrats seek to amend an education funding bill.

Lawmakers convene June 23 to address a state Supreme Court order to make the school finance system fairer to poor school districts or risk having schools remain closed after June 30.

Whitmer said his proposal would encourage schools to create gender-neutral bathrooms.

Democratic Rep. John Carmichael of Wichita said it would be irresponsible of legislators to delay an education funding solution with a dispute over bathrooms.


Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, https://www.kansas.com

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