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Several states across the country resumed their internal debate over whether to ease or restrict access to bathrooms by transgender students, after President Trump gutted Obama-era federal protections for those students, and said states should figure it out themselves.

As of January, 10 states were considering rules about how transgender people can access public restroom facilities. But with Trump’s move, many other states may soon join the discuss in the wake of Trump’s invitation for each state to set their own course.

Many of the states are looking to restrict men’s and women’s bathrooms to people with the corresponding birth gender, without regard to their gender identity. In Texas, Attorney General Ken Paxton called Trump’s move “encouraging,” and his office is “evaluating what impact it might bear on our ongoing litigation.”

The bill in the Texas Senate, SB6, would require transgender people to use the bathrooms in public schools, government buildings and public universities that correspond to their “biological sex.”

In a statement, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said the legislation in Texas, dubbed the Texas Privacy Act, will still be a legislative priority of his because it is “a common sense, privacy and public safety policy for everyone.”

In Missouri, Sen. Ed Emery is still pushing forward with legislation that would require “all school restrooms, locker rooms, and shower rooms accessible for use by multiple students be designated for and used by male or female students only.”

According to Emery’s weekly legislative report, the Missouri Capitol was full of worried constituents this week even after the Trump administration guidance. He added that 300 witness forms were submitted to the “Senate Education Committee in support of preserving gender separation.”

Kansas Rep. John Whitmer told the Washington Examiner the House still plans to proceed with a hearing on his bill that would require transgender students in public schools to use the bathroom facility that corresponds with their birth gender, also applying to locker rooms and accommodations for students on overnight trips.

“I expect we’ll run the bill in the House and Senate this session,” the Republican lawmaker said in an email.

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But other states’ leaders say they will continue to fight against legislation that discriminates against transgender students.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said will continue “working with the legislature” to repeal House Bill 2, the legislation that started the entire battle over bathroom use. HB2 was in response to a local ordinance allowing for the use of bathroom by gender identity, and prevented those ordinances statewide.

In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo sent a directive to schools telling them to continue to protect transgender rights, despite Trump’s decision.

“Today, I am urging the State Education Department to issue a directive to all school districts making it clear that – regardless of Washington’s action – the rights and protections that had been extended to all students in New York remain unchanged under state law,” he wrote in a letter.

Massachusetts state lawmakers passed laws in 2011 and 2016 extending protections to transgender students, and in blasting Trump, they promised the change will not effect Massachusetts students.

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A memo to Massachusetts public schools Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester reaffirmed the state’s commitment “to protecting the rights of transgender students even in light of recent federal actions.”

And in Virginia — the home of a transgender teen who took his case to the Supreme Court — the governor is waiting for the federal government to make a decision.

“As long as we don’t conflict with federal laws,” local municipalities can allow transgender students to chose a bathroom based on gender identity, Gov. Terry McAullife said on a public radio this week.

Attorneys for Gavin Grimm, a 17-year-old who sued his school board from banning him from the boys’ bathroom, said his case will still be presented before the Supreme Court, even after the Trump decision.

“If anything, the confusion caused by this recent action by the Department of Justice and the Department of Education only underscores the need for the Supreme Court to bring some clarity here,” American Civil Liberties Union attorney Joshua Block said in a teleconference Thursday morning.

Oral arguments in Grimm’s case against the school board in Gloucester County, Va., are scheduled for March 28.



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