RALEIGH, North Carolina (WTVD) — A Republican lawmaker and supporter of HB562 doubled down Thursday on what the new “bathroom bill” entails.
Filed earlier this week, HB562 enhances the penalties for second-degree trespassing to a Class 1 Misdemeanor if the trespasser is caught in a multi-occupancy bathroom, shower, or changing facility. Currently, a Class 1 Misdemeanor is punishable by up to 120 days in jail. The bill comes on the heels of last week’s HB2 compromise and the reinstatement of athletic events by the NCAA.
In a Wednesday interview with ABC11, Ames Simmons of the LGBT advocacy group Equality NC, said, “We don’t know if this bill is going to go anywhere or not. It just seems like a very transparent attempt to target transgender people in North Carolina.”
The bill makes no mention of transgender people. In fact, as written it targets only a presumed male offender: “A person commits the offense of second degree trespass if, without authorization, he enters or remains on premises of another…”
On Thursday, ABC11 went to Republican Rep. Brenden Jones’ office for comment.