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Bullock criticizes attorney general over restroom lawsuit

Associated Press

BILLINGS – Gov. Steve Bullock is criticizing Attorney General Tim Fox’s decision to sue over federal rules allowing transgender students to choose restrooms, saying school districts are better suited than a judge to respond to the requirements.

Montana and nine other states led by Nebraska filed a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration directive issued after North Carolina lawmakers passed a law banning a nondiscrimination ordinance allowing transgender people to choose restrooms corresponding to their identities.

Bullock, speaking to reporters in Billings on Wednesday, conceded the decision to sue was up to Fox, the Billings Gazette reported Thursday. But the governor said he preferred leaving those decisions to individual school districts.

“I think local school districts can best figure out how to deal with the directive themselves, probably much better than being in federal court,” Bullock said.

Fox countered Thursday that the lawsuit’s purpose is to convince a judge that local school districts should be allowed to make their own decisions about transgender restroom use.

“That’s precisely what the lawsuit is advocating,” Fox said.

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