Arizona Republican softens anti-transgender bill

Arizona Republican softens anti-transgender bill

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PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona lawmaker has watered down legislation that would have made it illegal for transgender people to use public bathrooms not associated with their birth gender after national civil rights group called it discriminatory.

Rep. John Kavanagh is expected to present the new version of his so-called bathroom bill to a House committee on Wednesday.

The new version no longer makes it a crime for a person to use a public bathroom not associated with the gender on their birth certificate.

Instead it says that local governments can't force businesses to allow transgender people to use public accommodations associated with their preferred gender. It would also apply to locker rooms and dressing rooms.

Both the old and new version of the bill seek to undermine an anti-discrimination law passed by the Phoenix City Council last month.

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