John Kavanagh Gets "Shamed" at Committee Hearing for His Toilet-Policing Bill (Video)

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Toilet policeman and Representative John Kavanagh
Republican Representative John Kavanagh's newest effort to regulate toilet usage in Arizona, by proposing that businesses can dictate which bathroom transgender people can use, cleared its first hurdle at the Legislature on Wednesday.

With that, the scores of people who spent nearly two hours testifying on Kavanagh's proposal -- all but one of them speaking out against the amendment -- and ended the committee hearing with a chant of "shame" directed at Kavanagh and his Republican colleagues.

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After stalling his initial bill -- which would have criminalized the use of a public restroom if the sex on someone's birth certificate doesn't match the sign on the door -- Kavanagh tried to take a wider stance, by essentially trying to undo the anti-discrimination ordinance passed recently by the City of Phoenix.

Kavanagh said the only thing his amendment does is undo what Phoenix's ordinance does, but speakers said otherwise, based on the language of his amendment. Then again, Kavanagh also referred to Phoenix's ordinance as a "civil-rights ordinance," before saying a couple hours later that his "bill is not about civil rights" -- a statement that was met with sarcastic laughter from the audience.

After almost two hours worth of people pointing out the different ways in which Kavanagh's proposal (complete language here) is a bad idea -- some of the Dems piped up against it, too.

Democratic Representative Stefanie Mach called it "an embarrassment to our state," a label that's been applied to plenty of Arizona's legislative proposals over the last few years.

House Minority Leader Chad Campbell noted the one person who showed up to support Kavanagh's amendment, a man who asked, "When do we stop," referencing giving rights to certain groups of people.

"We stop when everyone has equal rights," Campbell replied. He also barked back at Kavanagh's explanation of how his amendment is good, because, Kavanagh said, it's "awkward" for transgender people to be in a bathroom where the label on the door doesn't match their private parts.

"If we're going to allow businesses to start to dictate who can come into public spaces, private spaces -- whatever -- based on their own discriminatory beliefs or prejudices or level of comfort . . . we are taking this state farther backwards than we are already taking this state."

Campbell said if this bill were to end up becoming law, he expects it to end up "where many of the bills end up from this body." (We thought that would be the Daily Show, but he clarified he meant in the courtroom.)

The Republicans in the House Appropriations Committee have more numbers than the Democrats, so the bill passed the committee among party lines, 7-4.


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sarum
sarum

Shame is right.  PP Paranoia is hopefully the last ever political pandering by this proof positive of the Peter Principle - OUT!  Off with his Head!  ugh.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Apparently Kavanaugh is unaware of the 14th Amendment's Equal Protection Clause as well as the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Kavanaugh needs to be booted from office. Now.

bob_lablaw96
bob_lablaw96

"...Kavanagh tried to take a wider stance..."

Isn't that what Larry Craig tried to do in that men's room at the airport?

Kavanagh must be the most sexually conflicted legislator currently in office. Does he really think it necessary to carry our birth certificates into a nastyass public restroom to take a leak?

I am thinking that he wants to inspect our dicks to see if they are real, or if they are what he dreams of at night alone. 

TeaPublican
TeaPublican

Oh Please!   So you really want an American male who wants to use the urinal to have to put up with gay men staring at him?  Come on man!   This isn't a free peep show for them!   If you happen to like males in a sexual way then keep the heck out of the "men's" bathroom.  Heck, I don't even know if I could pee with some guy standing there waiting for me to take it out!  Holy Cow! 

Cozz
Cozz

I'm thinking if this passes, Kavanagh should be made the Chief of the Arizona Toilet Police Department.

justinguzman6
justinguzman6

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Raise-the-Bar-Arizona/291517454313109?fref=ts

Join the efforts to recall John Kavanagh. Enough is enough. He hasn't done anything to help the economy with bills such as the infamous immigration bill that was SB1070, HB2169 which is his attack on the Arizona Students Association, the budget cuts to education he proposed and got passed in 2008, his desire to repeal medical marijuana even though it was a proposition that was voted on by the state, and now this Bathroom Bill. He creates legislation just so he can stick his tongue out at groups he does not like. We need a real politician in his seat, no some hateful lunatic.

sliperymike
sliperymike

jon stewart could fill weeks of programming.....wait! why doesn't he move the Daily show to Arizona,that would help with our unemployment and entertainment,a WIN WIN WIN!!!

LuluandRosy
LuluandRosy

This bill would be laughable if it was not so brutally insensitive. I don't think most legislators - even Republicans want to deal with it. 

kwhyman
kwhyman

My question for the State of Arizona on the video is where did a portion of the audio track go? I remember quite distinctly and loudly voicing my opinion right after Mr Kavanaugh declared the fate of his pet project and drowning out his adjournment. I said, and I quote, "And Jim Crow is alive and well. Good night, sir." loudly enough to be heard over his amplified voice, and yet somehow my voice is missing from the recording. Either Arizona buys poor quality mics for recording the audience reaction (which I doubt), or I was censored. And now you have the whole story direct from the horse's mouth. It is still my firm belief that this bill is Jim Crow resurrected, a bill designed solely to protect from censure discrimination driven by mindless fear. I am highly disappointed that we as a society haven't left that behind us in the ashcan of history.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

Dear Mr. Kavanagh:

Arizona's unemployment rate remains at 8%.  How does this legislation improve the economy and availability of quality jobs for the citizens of this state?

Sincerely,

John Q. Public

Cozz
Cozz

@TeaPublican  

Jaffy, Jaffy, Jaffy, when are you going to learn to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool and not open it and prove are a fool ?

Cozz
Cozz

@TeaPublican  

Then just continue to pea on a tree as I'm sure you always do anyway.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@TeaPublican See, here's the irony. Kavanagh's bill forces gay and transgender men to use the men's room so Kavanagh is, in effect, force them to pee on you..er...I mean pee next to you.

bob_lablaw96
bob_lablaw96

@TeaPublican I somehow doubt that you are so masucline and hefty that anyone will get a charge out of watching you squat to pee.

How many years have you gone to a public toilet, not knowing or caring, who was next to you? They do have privacy walls, or splash guards, and it is doubtful that you have been stared at. If you were, then that means you were looking at the guy in the next stall...you sick fag!

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

@TeaPublican : You do realize that a gay man has every right to be in the men's room, regardless of sexual preference, right? So, it's entirely possible that this very day you may be standing at a urinal and a gay man laugh at your stuff. But, how would YOU know he's gay?

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

@Cozz Yeah, make him the the Chief of Police of the PeePeeD !

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@kwhyman It's not mindless fear, it's the solemn word of God as interpreted by a few very narrow minded bigots. The same word of God that was used for 100s of years to justify dehumanizing slavery and discrimination against African Americans. You are right to call this a Jim Crow law because that is what it is and Kavanagh should be ashamed.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

@JohnQ.Public , obviously, John there will be a need to employ "Pecker Checkers" at the entrance to public restrooms to insure compliance.

TeaPublican
TeaPublican

@bob_lablaw96 @TeaPublican   Thank you!  I am glad I am not the only one commenting that says "fag"!  I too call them "sick fags".  I have heard that term my whole life and I am sure not one to worry about being "political correct"...and I am glad your with me on that.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@shadeaux14 @JohnQ.Public Thanks...I completely missed that angle. Will they be working for tips?

bob_lablaw96
bob_lablaw96

@shadeaux14 @JohnQ.Public As I have mentioned before...there are plenty of Boy Scout leaders, Catholic priests, and Penn State coaches with relevant experience.  


JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@bob_lablaw96 @TeaPublican Fascinating.  See, I'm a white guy from a white family so I suppose you can call us "white folks" and grew up in Tucson, AZ where we had more than our share of Hispanics and not once have I ever referred to them as "wetbacks."  Most of the friends I hang out with are white folks and none of them use the term "wetbacks."  Your close knight group of narrow minded racist bigots may be the "EVERYONE" you refer to, but that doesn't really make it everyone.  Again, thanks for sharing your bigotry with us, it gives us great perspective on all of your comments here.

sarum
sarum

@TeaPublican  What rock have you been hiding under the last 30+ years?  We all beaners now.

TeaPublican
TeaPublican

@JohnQ.Public @TeaPublican @bob_lablaw96   Yes, the majority of Americans have over their lifetime called those kind of people "wetbacks".   Not really a special name...just a name EVERYONE has callled them. So now all of a sudden it's not "political correct" to call them this....so we all must stop?  Oh really.  Well maybe you need to get out a little more and get around the white folks and see that NO...they are NOT called African Americans and Hispanics!  Sorry....just not happening!

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@TeaPublican @bob_lablaw96 And you sure are not one to worry about being a bigot, either.  Bet you have specail names that you've used all your life to refer to African Americans and Hispanics, too.

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