Group says it has collected enough signatures for initiative to repeal transgender schools law

Transgender Students

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Republican state Senators, Joel Anderson of Alpine, left, Mark Wyland of Escondido, center, and Steve Knight of Palmdale confer as the Senate debated a bill regarding transgender students, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, July 3, 2013. By a 21-9 vote the Senate approved AB1266, by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, that would require public K-12 schools let transgender students choose which restrooms they use and which school teams they join based on their gender identity. Anderson, Wyland and Knight voted against the measure.

Opponents of a new California law that gives transgender students certain rights say they have collected enough signatures for an initiative that would repeal the law.

Frank Schubert, the political strategist handling the signature gathering effort for conservative groups, said Sunday that the group submitted 620,000 signatures to get the initiative on the November 2014 ballot. To qualify, at least 505,000 valid signatures must be submitted.

California is the first state to pass a law detailing the rights of transgender K-12 students. One of the provisions gives transgender students the choice of playing on either boys or girls sports teams.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed the law, AB1266, in September.

The goal of the law is to reduce discrimination against transgender students. But opponents argue the law violates the privacy of non-transgender students.


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