Senate Democrats vote against bathroom resolution, condemn lack of action on school finance ruling

The following press release was sent on June 1, 2016:

TOPEKA – Senate Democrats today voted unanimously against a resolution in the Kansas Senate regarding the use of school bathrooms by transgender students.

“Senate Democrats believe taxpayer dollars have just been wasted on an election year charade over which bathroom students should use,” said Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley. “Instead, we should have used Sine Die to appropriate the required amount of money – in this case $38 million – to address the school funding equity ruling issued by the Kansas Supreme Court.”

The Kansas Supreme Court issued a ruling last week indicating the law passed back in March is unconstitutional. The Kansas Legislature has until June 30 to respond to the ruling or public schools will be closed.

“We needed to bring the gavel down on the 2016 session having responded to the equity part of the Gannon case,” said Hensley. “If schools are closed, there won’t be any students using the bathrooms.”