California bill would open single-stall restrooms to anyone

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – All single-person bathrooms in California would become gender-neutral under legislation proposed in the state Legislature.

Democratic Assemblyman Phil Ting of San Francisco said Friday that his bill would make bathroom access more convenient and fair. He says AB1732 would help transgender people, parents with children of different genders and adults caring for aging parents.

The bill would not affect restrooms that have multiple stalls.

Robert Thomasson of the advocacy group SaveCalifornia.com says the bill is “pushing an agenda in the face of everyone else.” His group opposes Ting’s proposal.

Similar bills were introduced last year in Vermont and New York, but neither has advanced beyond a committee. Ting’s office says the cities of Oakland, Denver, Boston and Philadelphia have adopted similar rules.

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