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Assembly Rejects Controversial Transgender Bathroom Bill

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada Assembly has rejected a bill that outraged transgender advocates and would have required students to use bathrooms corresponding to their biological sex.

Assembly members voted against AB375 on a mainly party-line, 22-20 vote on Tuesday night. Five Republicans and all Democrats voted against the measure.

The bill drew criticism from advocates who say it targets young transgender students and would open the door to lawsuits and possible discrimination.

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Republican Assemblyman Ira Hansen helped bring the bill back to life before an earlier legislative deadline and said the measure would protect student privacy in sensitive places like locker rooms and bathrooms.

Democrats unanimously opposed the bill and said they feared it would lead to more discrimination against transgender students.