Alabama’s Bathroom Bill Would Have People Guarding Stalls

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Alabama might place attendants in public restrooms as part of the state’s potential transgender bathroom bill.

The bathroom bill, called the Alabama Privacy Act, would put attendants in mixed gender public bathrooms to guard against potential “molestation, assault and battery,” reports

“Further, to the extent possible, it is incumbent upon this state to ensure the  emotional and physical security of its residents and the visitors to this state,” the bill states.

The act, slated to be introduced in February by GOP Sen. Phil Williams, would force public institutions to have bathrooms that only serve one gender or to place attendants in bathrooms that serve both genders.

“Bathroom, or changing facilities that are designed to be used by multiple persons at once, irrespective of their gender, that are staffed by an attendant stationed at the door of each rest room to monitor the appropriate use of the rest room and answer any questions or concerns posed by users,” according to the bill.

Failure to adhere to the guidelines would result in a fine of $2,000 for the first violation and a $3,500 fine for every other violation.

Other states are in the process of creating their own transgender bathroom bills as well. A Texas bathroom bill, labeled the Women’s Privacy Act, would prevent transgenders from using the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity. (RELATED: Virginia Gov. Preempts Lawmaker With Gay Protections Ahead Of Proposed Trans Bathroom Bill)

GOP Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said the measure would ensure the safety of women while in the bathroom.

“But, if laws are passed by cities and counties and school districts allow men to go into a bathroom because of the way they feel, we will not be able to stop sexual predators from taking advantage of that law, like sexual predators take advantage of the internet,” Patrick explained.”

Virginia might also pass a bathroom bill. Republican Delegate Bob Marshall introduced the Physical Privacy Act last week that would also prevent transgenders from using the bathroom they want in government-owned buildings.

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