COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA – South Carolina state senators are preparing to debate a bill similar to North Carolina’s new law.
The bill would prohibit cities and counties from passing local laws to allow transgender people to use the bathroom of the gender they identify as. .
Now some of the controversy surrounding that new transgender bathroom law in North Carolina could soon be coming to South Carolina.
Spartanburg Senator Lee Bright has introduced a similar bill in South Carolina. On Wednesday it will be up for public comment at a subcommittee the Senator chairs. The bill will prevent local governments from passing local laws to allow transgender people to use the bathrooms of the gender which they identify as. Another Senator on that subcommittee says he will do everything he can to block the bill.
“I think it’s mean-spirited. I think economically it could be a disaster for our state and look no further than our neighbors in North Carolina and what’s happened,” said Democratic Senator Joel Lourie.
The bill is likely to be vetoed by Governor Nikki Haley, if it even gets out of the Senate. Haley says there’s no need for this law.