Controversial transgender bathroom bill likely dead at Oklahoma Capitol
OKLAHOMA CITY – The controversial transgender bathroom bill in the Oklahoma legislature appears to be dead.
On Tuesday, House Speaker Jeff Hickman took his name off of the bill.
He was the author from the House of Representatives and President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman was the Senate author.
The heads of both chambers agreed to put their names on the bill, because it was introduced so late in the session.
Since Hickman removed his name, the bill cannot move forward.
The bill passed last week in a Senate committee.
Senate Bill 1619 would allow children to receive a religious exemption in school, so they wouldn’t have to share a bathroom, locker room or bedroom on a school trip with a transgender student.
The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber and Tulsa Regional Chamber sent lawmakers a letter warning of what could happen if the bill becomes law.