Assemblyman Curt Hagman

Assemblyman Curt Hagman
Created: 01/26/2012 11:31:48 AM PST

California’s Legislature has a full plate this year: crafting a responsible budget, protecting our schools, encouraging job creation, reforming public pensions and much more. Gov. Brown has just proposed a 7 percent increase in his 2012-13 budget and again asking voters for more tax increases when the state’s economy remains stalled by already high taxes and slow growth. Yet in my time in the state Assembly, it never ceases to amaze me when liberal politicians introduce unnecessary legislation that has nothing to do with the priorities of California’s citizens.

In the past two years, I have seen bills that deal with critical issues such as changing the state rock, giving food stamps to drug felons, and dictating what bed sheets hotels can use. Now we have Assembly Bill 266, which could potentially allow boys to compete on girls athletic teams in our public schools if a boy thinks he is a girl.

Introduced by a San Francisco Assembly member, AB 266 would add another troubling wrinkle to our state’s education code by imposing a San Francisco value on all of California’s public schools. The supporters of this proposed law say it would do no such thing, but I think the actual words of the bill say otherwise. Judge for yourself:

“A pupil shall be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs, activities, and facilities, including athletic teams and competitions, consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil’s records.”

Given that there is no requirement for any medical validation of gender identity disorder, AB 266 theoretically allows any athlete to “declare” his or her gender for purposes of gaining advantage for competition. In other words, a boy who does not want to compete with his school’s cross country team could ask to participate in the girls cross-country team so he can have a better chance of winning. To deny the boy could subject the school to charges of gender discrimination.

Even more troubling, AB 266 requires that a student be allowed to change clothes and shower in the locker room of the child’s self-identified gender. Put simply, schools would be required to allow boys who identify as girls to shower with girls and vice versa. It would also apply to restrooms.

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