- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 25, 2016

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan senator has introduced legislation that could stop transgender students from using bathrooms that don’t match their “biological sex” after some state GOP lawmakers were outraged by draft guidelines from the State Board of Education that included recommendations on addressing transgender K-12 students.

Sen. Tom Casperson, a Republican, unveiled a bill Wednesday that would offer accommodations to transgender students with parental consent. But the accommodation can’t include a bathroom, locker room or shower used by students “of the opposite biological sex,” according to the bill.

His bill would allow transgender students to use a “reasonable accommodation” that could include a single-occupancy restroom, a unisex restroom or “the controlled use of a restroom, locker room or shower room that is designated for use by faculty.”

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof says the legislation is not a priority for the Senate. It has been assigned to a committee.

But an organization representing state and national business interests in Michigan - including Google, AT&T;, Pfizer and Dow Chemical, Chrysler Group LLC and Consumers Energy - has denounced Casperson’s bill as legalizing discrimination.

A co-chair of the group, Brian Walker from the Michigan Competitive Workforce Coalition and CEO of Herman Miller, said in a statement Wednesday that “legalizing discrimination of any kind” would “severely hinder” the state’s business interests.

Democrat Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr. called the bill “dangerous” and said it forces “already vulnerable children into situations where their safety and wellbeing will be at risk.”

Eleven states filed a lawsuit on Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas over the Obama administration’s recent guidance that schools let transgender students use bathrooms matching their gender identities rather than their biological gender.

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