Kansas Legislators Asked to Sign Letter Against U.S. Transgender Bathroom Guidance
The Kansas House probably won’t consider a resolution next week objecting to federal guidance on transgender restroom use in schools, but House Speaker Ray Merrick is asking legislators to sign a letter to the Justice and Education departments opposing it, a spokeswoman for the speaker said Wednesday.
Merrick, R-Stilwell, has circulated the letter to all House members asking them to join him in opposing a recent federal guidance letter advising public schools to allow transgender students to use bathroom and locker-room facilities corresponding to their gender identities.
His letter criticizes the guidance as a new interpretation of Title IX, a violation of states’ rights and “blatant federal overreach.”
The letter encourages Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt to challenge the federal guidance by “all legal means.”