Oklahoma House passes bathroom bill while state school board members decry Hofmeister

Lawmakers rapidly advanced a bill limiting school bathroom access to biological sex as members of Oklahoma’s top school board lamented being blocked from addressing the issue.

The state House passed legislation on Thursday that would require people in public schools to use the restroom that matches their birth sex, or they could use a private single-use restroom if one is available.

The bathroom restrictions appeared in an amendment from Rep. Kevin West, R-Moore, to Senate Bill 615. The amended bill passed a House vote 75-10 and moves to the Senate for consideration.

The bill passed only a day after Attorney General John O’Connor urged lawmakers to “expeditiously” pursue legislation on school bathrooms.

“This is common-sense legislation that gives our public school districts clear guidance on bathroom policies,” West said in a statement.

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