A proposal to keep Berkeley County students from using the bathrooms other than what’s listed on their birth certificate is probably dead for the year after two senators blocked it this week.
According to The State newspaper, State Sens. Sean Bennett, R-Dorchester, and Paul Campbell, R-Berkeley, whose districts include parts of Berkeley County, objected Tuesday to the proposal made by state Sen. Larry Grooms, R-Berkeley, last week.
By objecting, the senators automatically moving the bill to the bottom of the Senate agenda unless they remove their hold.
Campbell said he blocked the proposal to let Berkeley County Schools decide with it on a local level.
Grooms’ proposal would have required Berkeley students to use bathrooms based on their birth certificate gender listing. The Senate gave the second of three required readings to the local legislation last week.
Despite its support among a core group of Senate Republicans, the bill was opposed by Democrats and elected GOP leaders, including Gov. Nikki Haley and state Education Superintendent Molly Spearman. Haley, her Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt and Spearman were worried South Carolina could lose new businesses and federal education money.