Arkansas 'Bathroom Bill' Dead For Session, To Be Studied

Mar 30, 2017

An Arkansas lawmaker has dropped a "bathroom bill" that had faced opposition from the state's Republican governor and tourism groups, and says she wants the issue studied for the future.

Republican Sen. Linda Collins-Smith on Wednesday withdrew her proposal to require every restroom or changing facility accessible by multiple people at the same time in a government building be designated for use by members of only one sex. The proposal had not advanced past a Senate committee and the Legislature is entering the final days of this year's session.

Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson had called the measure unnecessary and LGBT rights supporters had compared the measure to a North Carolina law that's prompted boycotts and widespread criticism.

Collins-Smith has said the bill was needed to protect privacy.