The chairman of a South Carolina Senate committee that could take up a bill regulating the transgender use of public bathrooms says, while he still thinks the bill can pass, he is more interested in having the Senate debate a bill giving rights to the unborn.
General Committee Chairman State Sen. Kevin Bryant, R-Anderson, told The Greenville News he is prepared to move the transgender bill out of committee and onto the Senate calendar but knows it will almost certainly draw a procedural block by opponents. If that happens, it would require a vote of the entire Senate for the measure to be moved atop the agenda.
Given the choice between focusing his efforts on persuading the Senate to take up the transgender bill or a “personhood” bill establishing legal rights for the unborn beginning at conception, Bryant said he would prefer to focus on the personhood bill.
A General Committee panel heard hours of testimony last week on a bill would bar people from using public bathrooms, changing rooms and locker rooms that do not match their birth sex. It would also prevent local governments from passing legislation allowing such use.
Bryant said choosing between the two bills might be a possibility because there is little time left before a May 1 “crossover” deadline. That’s the date the Senate must pass legislation over to the House side without a super-majority vote.