House won’t block transgender suits against schools, businesses – By Kevin Miller, BDN Staff

Augusta, Maine – House lawmakers voted late Tuesday night to reject a bill inspired by the high-profile case of a transgender elementary school student from Orono who was denied access to the girls bathroom.

The controversial bill would have shielded public institutions – including schools – and businesses from discrimination complaints filed by transgender individuals upset with policies restricting their access to bathrooms, showers or locker rooms.