Kremer re-introducing Wisconsin transgender bathroom bill despite federal guidance
Guidance issued Friday by the Obama administration regarding the treatment of transgender students in public schools won't deter Wisconsin Rep. Jesse Kremer from re-introducing a bill aimed at regulating transgender students' use of bathroom and changing facilities.
The Kewaskum Republican said he "absolutely" plans to bring the bill back next session, but he's waiting to see if any changes are needed based on the new federal guidelines.
The letter issued by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education directs schools to allow transgender students to use facilities that correspond with their gender identity. While its main focus is on restrooms, the letter also addresses education records, privacy rights, school activities and athletics.
"There is no room in our schools for discrimination of any kind, including discrimination against transgender students on the basis of their sex," said Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch in a statement. "This guidance gives administrators, teachers, and parents the tools they need to protect transgender students from peer harassment and to identify and address unjust school policies."