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Restroom rules to be deliberated in Spokane Valley Tuesday

The Spokane Valley City Council will consider a resolution supporting state senate legislation that would repeal bathroom access rules issued by the Washington State Human Rights Commission in December.

The new rules require that people have access to restrooms and locker rooms based on gender identity rather than biological sex.

“We are hearing that a lot of people have something to say about this,” said Councilman Rod Higgins. “I feel the Human Rights Commission has overstepped its bounds this time around.”

Spokane Valley City Councilman Sam Wood asked the council to address the issue.

It was scheduled for discussion next week, but was moved to Tuesday evening’s meeting because the first hearing on the legislation is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

“The City Council has to make a recommendation before Wednesday,” said Spokane Valley Mayor Rod Higgins.

Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, is one of the supporters of the senate bill and Wood said last week that it’s important the council shows support for local legislators.

Tuesday’s council meeting allows for public testimony, which is another reason why the discussion was moved, Higgins said.

The new state rules apply to businesses with eight or more employees.

The Spokane Valley City Council meeting is held Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Spokane Valley City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague Ave.

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