Breaking News: WA Senate Kills Efforts to Repeal Open-Bathroom Rule


Update: 3:35pm PST

The Washington State Senate has voted against passage of SB 6443, a bill that would have repealed the Human Rights Commission’s dangerous open-bathroom rule, by a vote of 25-24.

Three Republicans voted alongside Democrats to kill this bill: Senator Joe Fain, Senator Steve Litzow, and Senator Andy Hill. Senator Jim Hargrove and Senator Tim Sheldon broke ranks with their fellow Democrats and voted for the bill.

Update: 3:47pm PST

Joseph Backholm, Executive Director of the Family Policy Institute of Washington, has released this statement in regards to the Washington Senate’s action to kill SB 6443:

“Today, the Washington State Senate voted to repeal the right to privacy that every person in Washington State has long expected in locker rooms and bathrooms.  In doing so, they have created legal protections for those who would access private spaces to do harm.  They have also created significant liability for businesses and schools who would try to protect students and customers.

The public understands that common sense and compassion are not in conflict, but in a political environment simple truths are sometimes lost.”

For press availability for Mr. Backholm, please contact FPIW’s offices at (425) 608-0242.

Stay tuned for more information throughout the day.

Update: 4:44pm PST

You can view a list of the Senators who voted for and against this bill by clicking here.  FPIW is urging concerned citizens to contact their Senators to share your thoughts about this vote and ask those who voted ‘NO’ to reconsider.


2 replies
  1. Concerned Citizen
    Concerned Citizen says:

    Well, it seems that bathrooms are now unsafe, even for changing diapers. Perhaps a deluge of diapers for every missed public restroom visit (unsoiled…as per the law) sent to the people who enacted this without proper legislative process and against the people’s will would be in order. After all, we don’t want to be ‘intolerant’, all must be treated equally. So, consequences of this decision should be equally dispersed among all the people, including the very ones who have enabled abusive people who, through the law, now have unhindered access to harm the helpless and weak of our communities.

  2. Jill
    Jill says:

    I have called my senator to complain and will make plans to rally all the people in my neighborhood to make sure this man is never, ever reelected, as he has betrayed all the women and children in his district. Shame on you, Jamie Pedersen! We will not forget!


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