South Carolina senators to hold hearing on transgender bill

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A South Carolina bill limiting transgender people’s bathroom choices is up for discussion a week after Republican Gov. Nikki Haley and state business leaders called the proposal unnecessary.

People are expected to pack a Senate hearing on the bill Wednesday, though the subcommittee is unlikely to take any vote. Its chairman, Sen. Lee Bright, introduced the measure last week, saying he supports a North Carolina law that’s led to companies ending expansion plans in the state and conventions going elsewhere.

Bright said he’s had enough of tolerance if that means “men who claim to be women” going into a bathroom with children.

State Chamber of Commerce CEO Ted Pitts says Bright’s creating a nonexistent political crisis to save his political career. Bright faces three GOP opponents in June.

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