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Bathroom bill stalls in Arkansas Senate panel, held for later

By John Moritz

This article was published March 16, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

Sen. Linda Collins-Smith, R-Pocahontas

Echoing a movement of other states to block transgender people from using the bathrooms of their choice, the Arkansas Legislature had its first hearing Wednesday on a so-called bathroom bill.

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BOLTAR says... March 16, 2017 at 7:19 a.m.

Linda looks pretty butch. Better check her panties.

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TuckerMax says... March 16, 2017 at 7:40 a.m.

You come up with ridiculous bills, Senator, you have to be expected to be laughed at. What happens when somebody like Chaz Bono ends up in a ladies room? Protect them from imaginary pedophiles in the form of a trans person? What will the little girls say seeing Mr. Bono in there? What about pedophiles of the same sex in any bathroom? That happens everyday, but you don't legislate that because you can't. How you going to keep them out? The stupidity of this bill almost defies comprehension. But, you don't even care what the comments are because you have an agenda of hate.

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RBear says... March 16, 2017 at 7:46 a.m.

This bill is unnecessary and designed more to discriminate against transgender individuals. There is not a public safety issue here any more than there was before. In fact, the number of incidents are few and far between. There is more danger from coaches and teachers in a week in this nation than from a man trying to prey on kids in a bathroom in years. Tell me where the priorities should be.
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Why do we continue to allow coaches and teachers interact with kids in co-ed environments? Because we already have laws on the books to punish them when they commit a crime. That's the same with bathrooms. So, this is not about public safety at all. If it were, we should apply the same standards to our schools that the good senator is trying to do in this bill. That would solve a LOT of problems.
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Thanks to my senator for speaking out against this bill. He and the governor understand where the priorities should be and it's not in checking your pants before going to the bathroom. It's in education, roads, and healthcare.

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BoudinMan says... March 16, 2017 at 7:47 a.m.

I've been trying to figure out what it is that this woman is angling for. She seems pretty ambitious. She definitely has made a calculation that her best means of advancement is to come out as squirrelly-far-right as she can to appeal to the tea-baggers.

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titleist10 says... March 16, 2017 at 8:32 a.m.

A man uses the men's room a female uses the ladies room very simple I don't want some weirdo man claiming to be a transgender so he can go into the women's restroom to ogle little girls

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BOLTAR says... March 16, 2017 at 8:48 a.m.

I bet you can also tell me where idiots with no understanding of legitimate gender issues go.

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Packman says... March 16, 2017 at 9:20 a.m.

Hey Little Bobby Bolt - There are no legitimate gender issues. The science is settled. Mental health is the issue.
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Hey RBear - Why are the desires of a mentally challenged 50 year old man dressed like a woman to urinate in the stall next to a 10 year old girl more important than the desires of the child to feel safe?
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Leave the cross dressing freaks alone. Caring dads, uncles, brothers, and neighbors will deal with it as necessary.

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BOLTAR says... March 16, 2017 at 9:23 a.m.

Never mind. I have the answer to my question. They go pee with him..

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RBear says... March 16, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.

Yea Boltar, I've pretty much ignored most of the anti comments in here. No legitimate context, no research, no real response to the true issues. Fortunately, my state senator is part of the rational crowd of Republicans who is more concerned about the economic development of our state, the education of our children, and the welfare of its citizens. Folks like Rapert and this woman spend more time filing bills to one up each other on the moral radio talk show circuit. My favorite is reading the latest pastor convicted of child molestation. That same pastor usually has a past of preaching this kind of hatred from the pulpit prior to his arrest.

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RBear says... March 16, 2017 at 11:59 a.m.

Just in the headlines today are as many assaults on children than was reported the entire year regarding bathrooms. This is a discriminatory solution looking for a fake problem.

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