House Rep. Katie Stuart was chief sponsor of a bill that will now allow multi-stall, Co-Ed bathrooms in public schools, businesses, and arenas. Signed into law by Governor Pritzker, who himself prides himself on being the most Extreme Liberal Illinois has ever seen.
After bipartisan opposition bill and well over 1000 witness slips in opposition, Katie Stuart pushed legislation forward that will undoubtedly cause friction and quite possibly increase the victimization of young girls and women.
Initially, the legislation allowed for urinals with a simple partition dividing partially clothed men from women and young girls. This was taken out of the bill by the Senate after a huge outcry from the citizens of IL. While many of the state legislators did not understand why the public was opposed to the urinals, it was clear that the citizens of IL did not like that the urinals would not have been fully enclosed in a stall.
Public Schools can now
install or convert their
multi-stall bathrooms into co-ed bathrooms.
Rep. Ugaste discusses these concerns, but Rep. Stuart dismisses these concerns.
The takeaway: This legislation was poorly written with clear safety concerns.
- While Rep. Stuart dismissed her constituents safety concerns, at least the Senate listened to the public. While the changes from the senate were appreciated, this legislation continues to have safety concerns. In a completely enclosed stall, if someone passes out or if someone is being attacked, there will be no way of getting to the person or people inside the stall.
- Urinals could have been included in this legislation had the legislators specified that these urinals needed to be placed in a stall. Now that there are no urinals in place and there are obvious sanitary issues.
- The legislation also clearly states that a sex-specific bathroom cannot be right next to a gender-neutral bathroom. When pressed with this information, Rep. Stuart denied this several times while meeting with her constituents. She told her constituents that this was misinformation and not true. However, Rep. Stuart finally admitted to her fellow colleagues (while in session) that sex-specific bathrooms could not be next to a gender-neutral bathroom. The legislation has always been clear regarding this topic.
The history of HB1286
Rep. Katie Stuart tried passing this same bill via HB3195 in 2021.
In 2021, while businesses were struggling with COVID restrictions and kids were dealing with unprecedented mental health issues from isolation, Katie Stuart felt it necessary to work on legislation that would not help with either of these issues.