What?!?!? They’re having a HEARING already on the Bathroom Bill?

This is just bizarre, people. They’re already having a hearing on Lee Bright’s Bathroom Bill — Wednesday morning.

We’re talking about a bill that fits neatly, or should, into the “people can file a bill about anything, but that doesn’t mean it will go anywhere” category.

Lee Bright

Lee Bright

If anyone in the State House agrees with Bright that this is a needed bill, I’ve missed it. Oh, I’m sure some would vote for it, but I’ve missed the groundswell that called for immediate action.

And yet, in the blink of an eye by State House standards, they’re having a hearing on this? While critical legislation that speaks directly to lawmakers’ core responsibilities languishes? So did lawmakers deal effectively with road funding and DOT reform and ethics reform when I wasn’t looking, thereby clearing their decks for this stuff?

This thing was introduced less than a week ago. Unfortunately, the news story didn’t get into what I want to know, which is how this hearing came about — who decided to schedule it, and how. It doesn’t even mention which committee is holding the hearing.

In any case, it says Bright hopes he can have the bill to the Senate floor by next week. And given the speedy hearing, I suppose he has every reason to hope that.

This is absurd…

 

12 thoughts on “What?!?!? They’re having a HEARING already on the Bathroom Bill?

  1. Karen Pearson

    I suggest that women that have transitioned into men start using ladies restrooms. They do need to have at least a copy of their birth certificate ready when the police show up, though. I would suggest that men who have transitioned start using the men’s bathrooms, but I can understand that they might be very nervous about the reaction.

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  2. Brad Warthen Post author

    By the way, y’all, here’s the bill’s summary:

    TO AMEND SECTION 45-9-10 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO THE RIGHT TO EQUAL ENJOYMENT OF AND PRIVILEGES TO PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS, TO ADD A SUBSECTION TO PROVIDE THAT UNITS OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN THIS STATE MAY NOT ENACT LOCAL LAWS, ORDINANCES, ORDERS, OR OTHER REGULATIONS THAT REQUIRE A PLACE OF PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION OR A PRIVATE CLUB OR OTHER ESTABLISHMENT NOT IN FACT OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC TO ALLOW A PERSON TO USE A MULTIPLE OCCUPANCY BATHROOM OR CHANGING FACILITY REGARDLESS OF THE PERSON’S BIOLOGICAL SEX; TO AMEND TITLE 10, CHAPTER 1 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO GENERAL PROVISIONS CONCERNING PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND PROPERTY, BY ADDING ARTICLE 3 TO PROVIDE THAT MULTIPLE OCCUPANCY BATHROOMS AND CHANGING FACILITIES LOCATED ON PUBLIC PROPERTY SHALL BE DESIGNATED FOR AND ONLY USED BY A PERSON BASED ON HIS BIOLOGICAL SEX; TO AMEND CHAPTER 23, TITLE 59 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO SCHOOL BUILDINGS AND OTHER SCHOOL PROPERTY, TO PROVIDE THAT LOCAL SCHOOL BOARDS SHALL REQUIRE EVERY MULTIPLE OCCUPANCY BATHROOM OR CHANGING FACILITY THAT IS DESIGNATED FOR STUDENT USE TO BE DESIGNATED FOR AND USED ONLY BY STUDENTS BASED ON THEIR BIOLOGICAL SEX, AND TO PROVIDE EXEMPTIONS AND DEFINITIONS.

    So you see, right off the bat, this bill is about bullying local government yet again. It just tramples all over the concept of subsidiarity, but hey — that’s what South Carolina lawmakers love to do…

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    1. Mark Stewart

      Did Bright just have them go and dust off the Jim Crow legislation and update that from there?

      Not only is he trampling on localities and schools, he’s folding in private clubs and other places not open to the general public as well (which is a strange distortion itself).

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    2. Barry

      as we all know, Lee Bright is a moron.

      He brings up this stuff to get his base fired up. That guy has such a terrible record in the Senate. He gets NOTHING done at all.

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    1. Barry

      I looked at Bryant’s facebook page. He was getting ripped pretty good on his own page- with some of his own people asking him some pretty pointed questions about his reasoning- which he couldn’t explain.

      Bryant did post one article of a man being arrested for peeping in a women’s restroom in Atlanta- but of course that didn’t help his argument since the man was arrested- and of course he wasn’t transgender- he was a peeping tom.

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      1. Barry

        IN related news- I posted something on KEvin Bryant’s facebook page about his holding up the ethics bill because he’s in support of people being able to give money to dark money groups in private.

        He eventually deleted my comment from his facebook account.

        I called him out on his ludicrous position that dark money groups have free speech rights.

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  3. Howard

    I hear most ladies rooms are more disgusting than men’s rooms.

    Besides, it’s the fad bill of the year.

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  4. Assistant

    It’s a good idea to prevent male perverts from having access to private areas for females and children. Here’s why:

    I lived in the old country, Yurrip, for eight years. I met my wife, a Columbia native, there in fact, in Augsburg, the hometown of the Mighty Mo’s dad, Augsburg. Zee Chermans were and still are to some extent rather open and less shamed by nudity, sex, and other fun thangs that we Merkins, especially Southerners, tend to repress. Or so the story goes. So this Chicago boy found the whole experience quite liberating, enlightening, and entertaining, especially during my multi-year sojourn as a single guy up north, in Berlin with money in my pocket, a firm grasp of the language, and a desire to study die Deutsche Volk up close and personal. But I did have manners, a sense of propriety and respect, rather quaint notions, perhaps, by today’s standards.

    But that was so many years ago. Of late correspondents still in Deutschland report that customs, habits, and even attitudes have changed because newcomers have been taking advantage of the Huns’ rather open society. What’s most annoying is that the government and the media have been reluctant to report criminal activity — assaults, rapes, and the like — perpetrated by the incoming refugees.

    As it turns out during the New Year’s Eve celebrations throughout Europe, groups of young refugee males molested, raped, and otherwise had their way with native females in Germany, Finland, Sweden, and other countries that had opened their borders to accommodate them. What was despicable is that the police, media, and government agencies at all levels failed to acknowledge / report the attacks until informal Internet reports became so pervasive that the government agencies had to take action. So they reviewed security camera videos, acknowledged citizen complaints, and the media report the incidents.

    So what has changed? Segregation is now a fact: pools and other public swimming areas now enforce separate times for females and children so as to prevent them from harm or even the sight of a guy slamming the ham in the wading pool. Yes, they do that, unfortunately, because they can.

    The University of Toronto had to dump its transgender bathrooms because male perverts used cameras to record women showering. They were honest more quickly than Zee Chermans were. I don’t expect US federal or state governmental units to acknowledge misbehavior, even rapes and molestation, unless forced by massive evidence and public outcry, to do so. The progressives will lie until they can no longer do so.

    So just put a Denny Hastert Barcalounger in all the women’s shower area and be done with it?

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    1. barry

      It’s already against the law to be a peeping tom in a public restroom. Yet, there are still some peeping toms out there that will hit up a public restroom. Just passing a law doesn’t stop it.

      All any citizen has to do when seeing one is call the police. They will be arrested.

      This bill is just a distraction by Lee Bright who is facing a tough primary. He throws out these things when his back is against the wall. It’s not his first time. He knows this won’t make it into law.

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