By Associated Press - Thursday, June 2, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Rep. Mike Pitts is encouraging South Carolina’s attorney general to sue the federal government over the Obama administration’s directive that public schools allow transgender students to use the restroom of their choice.

Pitts said Thursday his complaint is not specifically about bathrooms. The Laurens Republican says the directive is an example of the administration’s assault on states’ rights under the Tenth Amendment.

In a letter, Pitts asked Attorney General Alan Wilson to join a lawsuit from Texas and 10 other states. A similar letter went to Gov. Nikki Haley. Pitts says 54 House Republicans co-signed both.

Haley has said school boards, not state or federal politicians, should make such decisions.

Wilson spokeswoman Hayley Thrift says he’s working with many states on the issue, but it’s inappropriate to discuss legal strategy.

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