Berkeley Senator Larry Grooms trying to pass restroom use bill

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) — The issue of where transgendered students can use the restroom in schools is going to be brought up again next week at the Statehouse. Berkeley County State Republican Senator Larry Grooms unsuccessfully tried to get a third vote on his bill yesterday.

“There are 82 school districts in South Carolina, and one school district has altered its policy, and that would be Berkeley.” Grooms says school board members tell him district leaders, and not the board, decided to take action and allow transgender students to use the restroom of their choice. “And so I’ve put legislation in place to bring us back to where we were just 30 days ago.”

His bill would allow restroom use based on biological sex. Senator Grooms says his bill would only be in effect for the 2016-2017 school year. It has already passed 1st and 2nd readings in the Senate. “It was up for third reading on Thursday, and to prevent me from voting on it, a majority of the Senate decided to adjourn.”

Grooms says it would have passed the Senate, and then headed to the house. So he plans to work on getting that third vote next week, so it could pass the House and go to the Governor by the end of the session. “To say that this is landmark policy that I am trying to do something crazy or radical, I’m not. I’m just trying to keep what we have.”

Grooms says it will take 4 legislative days to pass his bill, right now there is only 6 legislative days left in the session.

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