Oklahoma introduces school bathroom bill, tries to impeach president

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (KSWO) –The Oklahoma Senate has introduced a bill to allow religious accommodations in schools concerning the transgender bathroom directive and a Senate Concurrent Resolution to impeach President Barack Obama.

Senate Bill 1619, authored by Sen. Brian Bingman and House Speaker Jeffrey Hickman, would allow students to submit a "request for a religious accommodation based on the student's sincerely held religious beliefs" if the school allows transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that don't align with the student's sex. Those students would then be allowed to use locker rooms, showers and bathrooms designed for exclusive use based on the student's sex. Single-occupancy accommodations will not be allowed.

If passed and signed into law, it would go into effect July 1, 2016.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 43 states "while the Oklahoma Legislature is fully supportive of providing a safe and nondiscriminatory environment for and protecting the privacy of all students, the policies, proscriptions and conditions set forth in the letter clearly and unequivocally exceeds the authority of the federal government." It goes on to direct the Oklahoma Attorney General to use any means necessary to defend Oklahoma "against the overreach of the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice and the Office for Civil Rights of the United State Department of Education."

A secondary inclusion in SCR 43 requests for U.S. House of Representatives members from Oklahoma to file articles of impeachment against President Barack Obama, the United States Attorney General, the Secretary of Education and other federal officials.

The bill and the resolution were introduced Thursday, May 19.

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