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Vermont House committee approves gender-free restroom bill

Vermont House committee approves gender-free restroom bill

April 20, 2017 05:11 AM

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont's public, single-occupancy restrooms would lose their gender signs if a bill that was passed by a House committee becomes law.

The only member of the House General, Housing and Military Affairs Committee to vote against the proposal Wednesday was Republican Rep. Vicki Strong, of Albany.

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Supporters say the bill is a commonsense and inclusive measure. It would help remove the stigma people who don't identify with male or female genders feel when they use a gender-labeled bathroom.

Nearly a quarter of Vermont's 150-member House signed on as co-sponsors of the bill.

It's unclear if the bill will make it through both the full House and Senate with just over two weeks left in Vermont's lawmaking session.

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