Democratic Representative files transgender bathroom bill

01/04/2017 06:17 PM

FRANKFORT — Despite the Republican Party leadership attempting to side-step social issues in rhetoric before the session, a Democratic lawmaker has filed two pieces of legislation pushed by the GOP in previous sessions.

Rep. Rick Nelson, D-Middlesboro, filed House Bill 105 and House Bill 106 on the first day of the session.

HB 106 would require schools and state and local government buildings only allow patrons use bathrooms that match with their biological sex. The Democratic lawmaker also filed HB105 which is similar to previous religious freedom bills in the General Assembly.

Pure Politics spoke to Nelson about the decision to bring forward the so-called transgender bathroom bill on Wednesday.

The Middlesboro Democrat said he supported the bills previously, and wanted to make sure the bills were pursued this session.

“I’ve had very few folks say those are bad bills, we can’t support them,” he said.

Before the legislative session in a year end interview with media, Gov. Matt Bevin said he opposed the transgender bathroom idea.

“Making government rules that don’t even need government rules would be silly,” Bevin said of the legislation.

Despite reservations from Bevin, Nelson thought that public support could propel the legislation forward.

The Fairness Campaign lambasted the idea of the bills in a press release sent Wednesday afternoon, pointing to legislation in North Carolina, Indiana, and other states which have resulted in loss of millions in tourism, corporate expansion and investment, and job growth.

“The effect of passing this type of discriminatory legislation is clear. It will cost the state millions of dollars,” Fairness Campaign director Chris Hartman said in a statement. “If Kentucky lawmakers want to remain focused on improving our commonwealth’s economy, this is exactly the legislation they should avoid. Furthermore, if Kentucky fans hope to host NCAA College Basketball championship games in the future, they must speak out against HB 105 and HB 106.”

Interview and video by political reporter Kevin Wheatley.

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  • iprazhm wrote on January 06, 2017 09:28 AM :

    Call your Congressmen, tell them to support HB105 and HB106. Remind them of the reported assaults against women and girls in public restrooms due to this specific violation of their constitutional right to privacy! To find the Congressman for your district go here – http://www.lrc.ky.gov/home.htm

    Here are helpful toll free Ky state government numbers :
    Legislative Message Line 1-800-372-7181
    Bill Status Line 1-866-840-2835
    Calendar (Meetings) Line 1-800-633-9650
    TTY Message Line 1-800-896-0305
    En Español 1-866-840-6574

    Facilitating a public restroom is one of the few public places that citizens are the most vulnerable and have the greatest need for privacy. Don’t allow a tiny minority to strip your family of the right to be safe and secure. If we don’t defend our rights when they’re challenged, we will continue to lose them to groups determined to take them. Make the call, it most certainly works! Make a visit to their office if you can, and take a group, this makes an even greater impression! Remember, your legislatures work for you, not the other way around.

  • Marion County wrote on January 10, 2017 10:50 AM :

    It would amaze me to watch Kentucky pass this bill after all of the problems and lost revenue it has caused states like Indiana and North Carolina. But with this group of legislators in Frankfort we have now, it sure wouldnt surprise me.
    For a group of legislators who say they are for lifting wages for working Kentuckians and move the state forward, they have shown already they do not and only care about social issues.
    But Kentucky get what we deserve from these legislators. We voted for them so do not complain when they take away your prevailing wage, when alot of union workers voted republican, do not complain when Bevin dismantles Kynect and working people who have never had health insurance in this state lose it. Hard to be concerned about the coal miner who no longer has black lung protections, when they voted for those who take it away. Meanwhile these legislators want YOU to keep buying their health insurance for them and their families.
    Bottom line until Kentucky stops rewarding those who do not stand up for them and their families in Frankfort, they will keep dumping on us. Just dont complain, cause they are laughing at you.

  • Marion County wrote on January 10, 2017 10:50 AM :

    It would amaze me to watch Kentucky pass this bill after all of the problems and lost revenue it has caused states like Indiana and North Carolina. But with this group of legislators in Frankfort we have now, it sure wouldnt surprise me.
    For a group of legislators who say they are for lifting wages for working Kentuckians and move the state forward, they have shown already they do not and only care about social issues.
    But Kentucky get what we deserve from these legislators. We voted for them so do not complain when they take away your prevailing wage, when alot of union workers voted republican, do not complain when Bevin dismantles Kynect and working people who have never had health insurance in this state lose it. Hard to be concerned about the coal miner who no longer has black lung protections, when they voted for those who take it away. Meanwhile these legislators want YOU to keep buying their health insurance for them and their families.
    Bottom line until Kentucky stops rewarding those who do not stand up for them and their families in Frankfort, they will keep dumping on us. Just dont complain, cause they are laughing at you.

  • Marion County wrote on January 10, 2017 10:50 AM :

    It would amaze me to watch Kentucky pass this bill after all of the problems and lost revenue it has caused states like Indiana and North Carolina. But with this group of legislators in Frankfort we have now, it sure wouldnt surprise me.
    For a group of legislators who say they are for lifting wages for working Kentuckians and move the state forward, they have shown already they do not and only care about social issues.
    But Kentucky get what we deserve from these legislators. We voted for them so do not complain when they take away your prevailing wage, when alot of union workers voted republican, do not complain when Bevin dismantles Kynect and working people who have never had health insurance in this state lose it. Hard to be concerned about the coal miner who no longer has black lung protections, when they voted for those who take it away. Meanwhile these legislators want YOU to keep buying their health insurance for them and their families.
    Bottom line until Kentucky stops rewarding those who do not stand up for them and their families in Frankfort, they will keep dumping on us. Just dont complain, cause they are laughing at you.

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