(KARK) Arkansas is joining the ranks of 14 other states that have pre-filed or introduced bills in the 2017 legislative session that would restrict access to public restrooms, locker rooms, or other gender specific facilities.
The shell bill was filed Tuesday by Republican Senators Greg Standridge and Gary Stubblefield. The only information it included was that it’s an act concerning gender identity and bathroom privileges.
Senator Standridge said in a brief phone conversation, they are “not ready to reveal everything that’s in the bill at this time.”
Montine McNulty, Executive Director of Arkansas Hospitality Association, says the bill is concerning.
McNulty says the fallout it’s caused in other states, especially North Carolina is not something she’d like to see here in Arkansas.
“It can be a barrier to visiting here and we just don’t want any barriers,” she says.
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