Last week, Arizona state Rep. John Kavanagh (R) introduced a new bill that would have prosecuted transgender people with a class 1 misdemeanor for using the appropriate bathroom according to their gender. The backlash for this odious proposal was swift, and a newly formed committee has filed paperwork for a recall election to remove Kavanagh from office. Now, he has scrapped his original proposal for a new bill that enshrines anti-trans discrimination into Arizona law. As he did the first time, Kavanagh scrapped the language from a different bill, SB 1045 — which originally addressed the professional conduct of health professionals — to serve as a shell for his discrimination bill. Though he’s no longer calling for criminal sanctions, his new bill prohibits any Arizona municipality from creating nondiscrimination protections based on gender identity.
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