South Carolina Bill Regarding Public Accommodations (S 1203)
This law was last updated on Jul 13, 2016
S 1203 would require people to use public restrooms based solely on the person’s “biological sex.”
The bill defines “biological sex” to mean the physical condition of being male or female, which is stated on a person’s birth certificate. The bill prohibits units of local government in the state from enacting laws, ordinances, orders, or other regulations that require a place of public accommodation or private establishment to allow a person to use a multiple occupancy bathroom or changing facility regardless of the person’s biological sex. A law or ordinance that requires a person to use such a facility designated for their biological sex would not constitute discrimination.
The bill requires multiple occupancy bathrooms and changing facilities located on public property to be designated for and only used by a person based on their biological sex.
The bill also requires local school boards to require every multiple occupancy bathroom or changing facility that is designated for student use to be designated for and used only by students based on their biological sex.