Oklahoma attorney general wants Legislature to pass bathroom bill

Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor, state Superintendent of Public Instruction and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joy Hofmeister and 16 members of the Legislature exchanged barbs on Wednesday about school restrooms.

At issue is a years-old — and until recently noncontroversial — Stillwater Public Schools policy concerning transgender bathroom use. The matter was first raised by Oklahoma Education Secretary and Republican state superintendent candidate Ryan Walters, who expressed outrage that students are allowed to use whichever facility matches their gender identification.

School officials said recently no students have ever complained about the policy, which has been in place at least five years.

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