GOP leader seeks Kansas Senate vote against federal order

Kansas Statehouse (KSN News)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle wants the chamber to vote next week on a resolution condemning a recent federal directive on accommodating transgender students in public schools.

Wagle’s office disclosed Thursday that she is drafting a nonbinding Senate resolution to be considered next week, when lawmakers have a brief ceremony scheduled to formally adjourn their annual session. Wagle sent an email to GOP senators Wednesday evening.

President Barack Obama’s administration earlier this month directed public schools to allow transgender students to use the restrooms associated with their gender identities rather than their birth genders.

Many GOP officials in Kansas question whether the Democratic president’s administration has the legal authority to issue such a directive.

LGBT-rights advocate Tom Witt said Thursday that lawmakers are singling out transgender children for harassment.

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