Rep. John Kavanagh has submitted an amendment to the states disorderly conduct classification effectively making transsexuality illegal. This amendment is being snuck into a bill that has to do with providing an executive director to the board of licensing for massage therapists.
Many believe the amendment is in response to Phoenix adding trans protections which was seen as a stab to the heart by some the most venomous anti LGBT groups in the nation such as Az Policy Institute which happen to be based right in Rep. Kavanagh’s back yard.
Rep. Kavanagh told KNAU public radio“…it will not be necessary for people to carry that (a birth vertificate) around, any more than it’s necessary for someone entering a men’s room or women’s room now to produce documentation. “But if you go into a public shower,” Kavanagh said, “and you’re a male and it’s a female public shower, and the police are called, well, you’d better be able to prove that you’re a female and not a male. Otherwise, you’re going to go to jail, which is where you belong.”
The amendment gets it’d first hearing today.
PROPOSED HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AMENDMENTS TO S.B. 1432 (Reference to Senate engrossed bill) 6. Recklessly handles, displays or discharges a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument. (added:) B. A PERSON COMMITS DISORDERLY CONDUCT IF THE PERSON INTENTIONALLY ENTERS A PUBLIC RESTROOM, BATHROOM, SHOWER, BATH, DRESSING ROOM OR LOCKER ROOM AND A SIGN INDICATES THAT THE ROOM IS FOR THE EXCLUSIVE USE OF PERSONS OF ONE SEX AND THE PERSON IS NOT LEGALLY CLASSIFIED ON THE PERSON’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE AS A MEMBER OF THAT SEX. C. SUBSECTION B OF THIS SECTION DOES NOT APPLY TO A PERSON WHO ENTERS A PUBLIC RESTROOM, BATHROOM, SHOWER, BATH, DRESSING ROOM OR LOCKER ROOM AND House Amendments to S.B. 1432 -2- WHO IS OF A DIFFERENT SEX THAN THAT INDICATED ON THE SIGN IF THE PERSON IS ANY OF THE FOLLOWING: 1. ENTERING AS PART OF THE PERSON’S JOB RESPONSIBILITIES. 2. ENTERING TO GIVE AID OR ASSISTANCE TO ANOTHER PERSON. 3. A CHILD WHO NEEDS ASSISTANCE. 4. PHYSICALLY DISABLED. D. Disorderly conduct under subsection A, paragraph 6 is a class 6 felony. Disorderly conduct under subsection A, paragraph 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 OR SUBSECTION B is a class 1 misdemeanor. Its not clear which misdimenor classification this would fall under but in Arizona a Class 6 Felony conviction has a possible $150,000 fine, a minimum sentence of one year with a maximum of six years for aggravated repeat potty goers. Read the whole amendment here.