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Public Restoom Debate Continues

Tennessee lawmakers have advanced legislation that critics argue is designed to restrict which public restrooms and other areas that people who consider themselves transgender can use.
The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee agreed Wednesday to send the proposal to a full hearing after debating the language for just 15 minutes. Roughly a dozen protesters sat in the front row and held signs signaling their opposition to the bill.
Republican Rep. John Ragan, the bill’s sponsor, said the bill is needed due to confusion caused by President Barack Obama-era regulations that had instructed schools to allow students to use bathrooms and locker rooms in line with their expressed gender identity as opposed to their sex assigned at birth.
President Donald Trump’s administration has since rolled back those regulations, but Ragan says confusion remains.