David Ralston Asks Senators to Look Into Transgender Bathroom Policies Mandated by the Federal Government

Speaker David Ralston sent this letter to Georgia's senators.
Speaker David Ralston sent this letter to Georgia’s senators.
The Fannin County Board of Education will meet tonight, and officials expect to hear from residents about a potential policy dealing with the use of bathrooms by transgender students. According to a story in FetchYourNews, the issue over bathroom use is the result of a decision by a federal appeals court in Virginia that Title IX, originally written to promote equal access to athletic programs by make and female students, allows a transgender student to choose their preferred bathroom. If the school system does not comply with the ruling, it could stand to lose millions of dollars in federal education funding.

House Speaker David Ralston, who represents Fannin County has written a letter to U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue asking them to look into the matter. In the letter, Ralston expresses his concern about federal overreach:

[M]y concern regarding this issue is that the federal government is dictating to our locally elected Board of Education with regards to the policies they enact in a way never before seen.

Using the power of the purse strings to bring about such change is, in my opinion, a vast overreach of federal authority, and one that must not go unchallenged. I recognize that there are no easy answers. But decisions on issues such as this should be left to the locally-elected school boards and should be free of threats and coercion of the federal government.

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drjay
drjay

good grief, i guess now that gay marriage is more or less settled law this bathroom stuff is gonna be what the powers that be use to keep their constituents whipped up over “teh geyz”

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

“Teh geyz” are mainstream now. It’s all about “teh tranzgenderdz,” that’s the chic new group to hate.

drjay
drjay

are there even any known transgender students in fannin freaking county???

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Fannin County Schools enrollment PreK – 12 is less than 3,000. There are probably fewer transgender students that fingers on one hand, if any are even out.

It does double duty for the party of no in tis appeal to both the anti-LGBT and anti-federal government crowds.

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

Reality check. This is about states that pass discrimination laws and states that nullify local anti-discrimination laws (ex. North Carolina). Eventually these will end up in the Supreme Court as states try to impose local controls over non-issues by passing clearly discriminatory laws. Stop creating stupid legislation that actually compels the federal government to step in to halt the madness and undo blatant, unnecessary discrimination.

John Konop
John Konop

This is another issue pushing the GOP out of the mainstream of America. The focus needs to be on fixing real problems, especially declining real wages. ……….The poll finds that 57 percent of people are against laws that require transgender people to use bathrooms that match their biological sex. Only 38 percent support these laws. Nearly 40 percent strongly oppose such laws, while 25 percent are strongly in favor………. ……….The poll finds that Republicans are split on the issue, with 48 percent in support and the same percentage against these types of laws. Moderate and liberal Republicans were generally more… Read more »

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

Apologies. I went after the meat of the letter and not the apparent source of this maybe/maybe not problem. After reading the news link, I would ask, “Is there no discrimination if the transgender student can use the bathroom of choice (gender identity)?”

This would seem to void any controversy, and ‘threats and coercion of the federal government,’ over creating third gender (or gender neutral) bathrooms in all schools and the potential renovation expenditures.

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

The law gets on a slippery slope by trying to legalize or criminalize something based on how someone feels. Biologically, medical tests/observations are easy. The question then becomes should biology determine what restroom one is mandated to use. Then we get caught up in absurb violations like parents and children of the opposite sex, or disabled, or helping a sick/drunk date, or women in men’s room avoiding long lines at sporting events…hoping for common sense today ? Nah……. or do we leave the law to criminal violations that have long been in place for both sexes ? Legally defining every… Read more »

MattMD_actual
MattMD_actual

You know, I never really thought about it much but so what if men and women went into the same bathrooms. Who cares? Desegregate bathrooms, I don’t care. What difference is it going to make?

I don’t know what bathrooms some of you go in but for me it is about doing business, washing hands, etc and getting out.

Will Durant
Will Durant

The guy is running for reelection in a district where he was previously denigrated by his opponent for possessing a MARTA Breeze card. I’m willing to cut him some slack but only if I don’t have to hear about it ad nauseum in the next legislative session a la RFRA. Grandstanding atop a populist platform is to be expected prior to elections in these parts, just don’t later confuse the dais at the front of the chamber as your grandstand.

augusta52
augusta52

The latest mandate from the Obama Administration is just another example of federal government gone astray…Washington knows best as they say. Of course if we really followed the Constitution, the Fannin County issue would not be an issue as there is no mention of education among the responsibilities of the federal government…you know, when you get federal money, there will be strings attached……

rickday
rickday

Awww..Ralston, my ni**a. One of the poorest districts in GA he runs. He supports arresting grandmas for medical marijuana He supports the phrase “In God We Trust” over “We, the People”. He wraps himself in the Blood o’ Jesus because that is what you do in Ellijay, a bedroom community/suburb of Blue Ridge. He sponsors hate, er faith based legislation he knows is unconstitutional because he knows he can just shrug at the sheep and go “I tried. Oh and there is a legal bill you taxpayers have to foot, but its not MY fault”. So I go to early… Read more »

The Eiger
The Eiger

I see someone has started smoking early this morning.

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

The backlash of a person’s psychological identity being a legal Federal position is going to be fun. Bathroom disagreements won’t help Common Cause then the biggee, identity on contractual preferences.

So many businesses are registered in wives names or minorities, some might be unnecessary if they identify differently. How will the City of Atlanta approach a bid from a claimed female transgender ? Take his word for it ? Litigate it ?

Will Durant
Will Durant

Nah, just the usual kickback percentage would suffice.

Benevolus
Benevolus

How do they do it now? Do you have to provide a birth certificate?

bethebalance
bethebalance

my guess is that this doesn’t end with pure psychological identity, but identity that can be verified by either birth records, or medical records indicating hormone treatment or diagnoses like gender dysphoria

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Transgender by definition is not biological and birth records assign sex by genetalia……treatment with drugs for dysphoria is becoming controversial. The incredible increase in children identifying as the opposite sex causes fair questions about societal influences.

I don’t personally care what bathroom you use and strongly suggest children be accompanied to a public restroom. But to start mandating these matters to permit personal identification over biology is beyond nuts (pun intended).

And nothing Obama likes more is to create in your face divisiveness and use Fed $$ as a billy stick.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Besides, if this is a step towards gender equality, eventually the city won’t need to offer incentives for disadvantaged gendertypes.