SB 6548: THIS is Why

Okay, peeps. I’m getting questions about what’s going on in Olympia with SB 6548 and related. If you’re a lady or know any, you may want to listen up. Here’s some of the back story (the really, really brief version via the Family Policy Institute):

On December 26th, 2015, the Human Rights Commission enacted a rule, WAC 162-32, that contains provisions that open up bathrooms, locker rooms, and shower facilities inside “public accommodations” by allowing people to enter those facilities by the way they claim to identify internally rather than what their DNA and biological structure would show. Because of the rule’s clause that makes it unlawful to ask “unwelcome questions” such as the gender or motives of a person entering the facility, concern exists that sexual predators – who otherwise would never otherwise claim to identify as a woman — may use this rule to shower with women or spy on them in the bathroom with better legal protections.

The Human Rights Commission has rule making authority delegated by the legislature. Therefore, the rules it makes are legally-binding and do not require the legislature’s approval to go into effect.   The legislature does, however, have the authority to overrule the Human Rights Commission, and change the level of authority that the commission carries.

Via FPI:

“By issuing this rule, the HRC notified women that ‘women’s right to privacy’ does not extend to public bathrooms… So basically, the message is that, ‘Being a woman is very special. But the really good news is that, anyone can be a woman!'”

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The legislature is scrambling a defense. Sort of. “Clearly the members of the HRC have never met a lawyer before.” Here’s why:

The HRC Tries to Explain the Bathroom Rule… and Fails

According to a morning telecon with Zach Freeman of the Family Policy Institute, a vote on SB 6548 is expected “probably on Thursday.”

So, ladies and other human beings: You can call your legislators through the legislative hotline at 1-800-562-6000 or email a message to all your legislators by clicking here.

Kindly remember that the people who answer these phones or receive these emails have feelings, too. And most of them have probably never done or said anything mean to you. So be polite (even if it kills you).

BTW. If you hate going to the Washington State Legislature’s page to find out what’s going on with a certain bill – cuz it’s sometimes like trying to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphics – have no fear. Help is here. Check out FPI’s Bills of Interest. It’s quick. It’s easy. You do not need a degree in software engineering to use this puppy.