Another bathroom lawsuit filed; Arkansas isn't in it so far | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Another bathroom lawsuit filed; Arkansas isn't in it so far

Posted By on Wed, May 25, 2016 at 1:35 PM

click to enlarge LESLIE RUTLEDGE: Not in Texas bathroom suit. At least not yet.
  • LESLIE RUTLEDGE: Not in Texas bathroom suit. At least not yet.
Led by Texas, 11 states have sued the federal government in Texas over President Obama's reminder that the law says transgender students are protected by non-discrimination law, including in using bathrooms aligned with their gender.

Early coverage doesn't answer these questions that come immediately to mind:

1) What is the cause of legal action against a reminder of the law (call it guidance, a directive or whatever)? As yet, the government hasn't cut off money to any school that discriminates against transgender students. The lawsuit says the president's statement "could cause seismic changes" in school districts.

2) Is Arkansas involved? Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has rushed to join Republican dogma suits all over the United States on other topics. UPDATE: Arkansas is not currently a plaintiff, according to a copy of the suit posted by the Washington Post.

3) If Arkansas is not involved, why not? Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Rutledge have already urged school officials in Arkansas to ignore the law.

UPDATE: From Judd Deere, Rutledge's spokesman:

Arkansas is not part of the Texas lawsuit at this time. The Attorney General is still evaluating the best legal option for the state.


Tags: , , , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (8)

Showing 1-8 of 8

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-8 of 8

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Trump launches attack on 'SOBs' of the NFL

    Donald Trump led a rally for Alabama Senate candidate Luther Strange Friday night and the resulting news coverage (if not in our local newspaper) is giving great attention for his rant against the NFL, including but not limited to players who have made political statements by taking a knee during the National Anthem.
    • Sep 23, 2017
  • Driver killed in crash with Maumelle officer

    Maumelle police report the death early this morning of a motorist who crashed head-on with a Maumelle police officer. The officer and two passengers in the other vehicle were injured.
    • Sep 23, 2017
  • Walmart lawyer picked for U.S. attorney in western Arkansas

    Donald Trump has nominated Duane "Dak" Kees,  director of global ethics and compliance at Walmart Stores, to be U.S. attorney for the western district of Arkansas. It has been filled on an interim basis by a career lawyer in the office.
    • Sep 22, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

Most Shared

  • ASU to reap $3.69 million from estate of Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn

    Arkansas State University announced today plans for spending an expected $3.69 million gift in the final distribution of the estate of Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn, who died in 2013 and 2015 respectively.
  • Bad health care bill, again

    Wait! Postpone tax reform and everything else for a while longer because the Senate is going to try to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act one more time before September ends and while it can do it with the votes of only 50 senators.
  • Sex on campus

    Look, the Great Campus Rape Crisis was mainly hype all along. What Vice President Joe Biden described as an epidemic of sexual violence sweeping American college campuses in 2011 was vastly overstated.
  • The inadequate legacy of Brown

    LRSD continues to abdicate its responsibility to educate poor black students.

Most Viewed

  • Trump launches attack on 'SOBs' of the NFL

    Donald Trump led a rally for Alabama Senate candidate Luther Strange Friday night and the resulting news coverage (if not in our local newspaper) is giving great attention for his rant against the NFL, including but not limited to players who have made political statements by taking a knee during the National Anthem.
  • Legislature itches for more control over 'independent' agencies

    Michael Wickline of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports this morning on growing tension over the legislature's effort to exert more control over the state's constitutionally independent agencies. The immediae target is the Game and Fish Commission, but it's a sprawling dispute over balance of powers.

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation