BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - South Carolina Senators are expected to make a decision on a bill requiring Berkeley County students to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender at the time of birth.
Senators Larry Grooms (R-Berkeley) and Paul Campbell (R-Berkeley) introduced the legislation last week in response to a decision made by the Berkeley County School District that allows transgender students to use the restroom with the gender with which they identify.
The bill, S-1306, would take effect upon approval by the Governor, and only be applied in the Berkeley County School District for the 2016-2017 school year.
It calls for every public school restroom, locker room and shower room in the Berkeley County School District that is "accessible by multiple persons at the same time," be designated for use by male or females only.
It goes on to state, "No person shall enter a restroom, locker room, or shower that is designated for one sex unless he or she is a member of that sex… determined by anatomy and genetics existing at the time of birth."
If approved, the bill will go to the house.