Republicans defend bill restricting transgender bathroom use

Republicans defend bill restricting transgender bathroom use
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The national debate over how to accommodate transgender students in public schools is playing out in a Wisconsin state Assembly hearing.

Republican Rep. Jesse Kremer spoke Thursday at an Education Committee hearing in support of a bill that opponents said would be a violation of federal law.

The bill would prohibit transgender public school students in Wisconsin from using the bathroom or locker room assigned to the gender with which they identify.

Kremer said the bill does not violate federal law, but instead protects the privacy and safety of all students.

Dozens of students packed the hearing room in opposition to the bill introduced by Kremer and Sen. Steve Nass.

Anti-abortion group Wisconsin Family Action is the only entity registered to lobby in support of the measure.