Last month, the City of Phoenix passed an ordinance that bans discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
This month, Arizona's Republicans are mounting their counter-offensive.
At the Arizona legislature on Wednesday, the House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to hear public testimony on the possible restoration of AHCCCS (aka "Arizona Medicaid") eligibility levels to 133% of the federal poverty level.
Other than that though, the agenda was kind of quiet (probably a good thing, given how much interest that one topic has garnered).
Apparently, it was too quiet for Rep. John Kavanagh (R-Fountain Hills), chair of the committee.
He revised the agenda for Wednesday's meeting, slipping a striker proposal on to that agenda.
The relevant part of that striker (the blue text indicates a proposed change or addition to the law) -
B. A person commits disorderly conduct if the person intentionally enters a public restroom, bathroom, shower, bath, dressing room or locker room and a sign indicates that the room is for the exclusive use of persons of one sex and the person is not legally classified on the person's birth certificate as a member of that sex.
C. Subsection B of this section does not apply to a person who enters a public restroom, bathroom, shower, bath, dressing room or locker room and who is of a different sex than that indicated on the sign if the person is any of the following:
1. Entering as part of the person's job responsibilities.
2. Entering to give aid or assistance to another person.
3. A child who needs assistance.
4. Physically disabled.
B. D. Disorderly conduct under subsection A, paragraph 6 is a class 6 felony. Disorderly conduct under subsection A, paragraph 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 or subsection B is a class 1 misdemeanor.
Guess they didn't learn the lesson from the story of the fall of former US Senator Larry Craig - Republicans and public restrooms are not a combination that usually works out well for Republicans.
I'm actually a little surprised that Kavanagh is pushing this nugget of ugly - while his politics are appalling, he's actually smart enough to know better than to give wiseass bloggers material to work with.