New legislation aims to block plan to add voluntary LGBT guidelines
LANSING, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The Michigan Board of Education is proposing voluntary guidelines in an attempt to make LGBT students feel more comfortable at school.
But now, there is proposed legislation to try to block this plan.
Some of the guidelines include letting students go by the name they choose for themselves, and picking which bathroom is in line with their gender identity.
But State Senator Tom Casperson announced Tuesday that he will introduce legislation against these new guidelines.
The bill--which has been requested but not introduced--would require Michigan students to only use bathrooms and locker rooms matching their birth gender.
State Representative Jon Hoadley says this propsal is not what Michigan needs.
"This is coming on the heels of a manufactured crisis from the draft voluntary recommendations from the State Board of Education," Hoadley said. "The fact that we have reactionary legislature coming in similar to legislation that was either vetoed in South Dakota, similar legislation in Georgia, that was defeated in Tennessee, and now we're seeing national backlash in North Carolina, come on. Let's stop doing this in Michigan. We are past this."
Casperson plans to introduce the bill when lawmakers return to session in Lansing in April.