Bathroom Birther John Kavanagh Delays His Toilet-Police Bill

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Republican Representative John Kavanagh delayed a hearing on his proposal on his "bathroom birther" proposal, which would criminalize the use of a public restroom if the sex on someone's birth certificate doesn't match the sign on the door.

It just so happened that as Kavanagh tried to sneak this one in using a "strike everything" amendment, and as people noticed that the bill purposely targets the transgender community, that Kavanagh said the hearing would have to be delayed, because they didn't have the "appropriate paperwork" due to a "communication breakdown."

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This happened yesterday during a hearing of the House Appropriations Committee, of which Kavanagh is the chairman. That committee deals with bills that appropriate money, so it's fairly obvious that Kavanagh's gaming the legislative system in an attempt to pass his potty-cop bill.

You better bet that the theocratic lobbying organization Center for Arizona Policy helped out Kavanagh with his amendment, as Kavanagh's proven to be a pretty reliable pawn for situations like these.

While the City of Phoenix was trying to get its new anti-discrimination ordinance passed recently, the organization tried to convince its followers that this would give an excuse for men to "gain access" to little girls in bathrooms. According to an Associated Press report, Kavanagh "said he was worried an anti-discrimination ban passed in Phoenix last month would serve as a cover for pedophiles who want to expose themselves to children of the opposite gender."

Um, would it be news to Kavanagh that it's illegal for pedophiles to expose themselves to children of any gender?

Kavanagh said yesterday that his proposal will be discussed at next week's meaning, so we'll have to wait and see if that actually happens.

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