HF 41: Student Physical Privacy Act

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1.1 A bill for an act
1.2 relating to education; establishing the Student Physical Privacy Act; proposing
1.3 coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 121A.
1.4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
1.5 Section 1. [121A.35] STUDENT PHYSICAL PRIVACY ACT.
1.6 Subdivision 1. Purpose. The purpose of this section is to protect and provide for the
1.7 privacy and safety of all students enrolled in public schools and to maintain order and dignity
1.8 in restrooms, locker rooms, changing rooms, showers, and other facilities where students
1.9 may be in various states of undress in the presence of other students.
1.10 Subd. 2. Definitions. (a) For the purposes of this section, the following terms have the
1.11 meanings given them.
1.12 (b) “Sex” means the physical condition of being male or female, which is determined
1.13 by a person’s chromosomes and is identified at birth by a person’s anatomy.
1.14 (c) “Public school” means a public school under section 120A.05, subdivisions 9, 11,
1.15 13, and 17, and a charter school under chapter 124E.
1.16 Subd. 3. Student physical privacy protection. (a) A public school student restroom,
1.17 locker room, changing room, and shower room accessible by multiple students at the same
1.18 time shall be designated for the exclusive use by students of the male sex only or by students
1.19 of the female sex only.
1.20 (b) A public school student restroom, locker room, changing room, and shower room
1.21 that is designated for the exclusive use of one sex shall be used only by members of that
1.22 sex.
Section 1. 1
12/13/16 REVISOR KRB/JC 17-0791
State of Minnesota This Document can be made available
in alternative formats upon request
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
NINETIETH SESSION H. F. No. 41
01/05/2017 Authored by Quam, Drazkowski and Lucero
The bill was read for the first time and referred to the Committee on Education Innovation Policy
2.1 (c) In any other public school facility or setting where a student may be in a state of
2.2 undress in the presence of other students, school personnel shall provide separate, private,
2.3 and safe areas designated for use by students based on their sex.
2.4 (d) Nothing in this section shall prohibit public schools from providing accommodation
2.5 such as single-occupancy facilities or controlled use of faculty facilities upon a student
2.6 request due to special circumstances, but in no event shall that accommodation result in a
2.7 public school allowing a student to use a facility designated under paragraph (b) for a sex
2.8 other than the student’s own sex.

Sponsors
Representative Duane Quam
Representative Steve Drazkowski
Representative Eric Lucero

Via revisor.mn.gov.

5 Comments

Bret

about 3 years ago

Why is the Minnesota GOP pushing so many bills that come out of the Confederate States of America?

Fitz

about 3 years ago

How about a little bit of context?  It looks to me like this was drafted last session but no action was ever taken on it.  Is it now coming up for a vote?

David Beard

about 3 years ago

Introduced on the fifth of this month, entered into revisor on the ninth, referred to the Education Innovation Committee?

TimK

about 3 years ago

The GOP has a list of bills at the ready for whenever they might have a shot at getting them passed. Some are from the American Legislative Exchange Council  (ALEC) and others are just good ol' standbys. Boogieman, fear-stoking unadulterated bullshit meant to distract us while they are removing safety nets for the poor, obliterating environmental protections or handing huge tax breaks to the "job creators" who have yet to create any jobs. With the GOP in control of both State houses, they are giddy with the prospect to turning back the clock. I hope they stay true to form and step on their own dicks (again). More GOP politicians have been arrested for sex crimes committed in public bathrooms than transgendered people. In fact, the few cases cited (by the bill authors) are acts committed by straight men trying to claim they were transgender.

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