Roll Call! House Outlaws Single-User “Men’s” and “Ladies'” Rooms (123-19), 2018

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PASSED
in the State House of Representatives
on April 21, 2017, by a vote of
123-19
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Purpose: H.333 mandates that any single-user toilet in any public building or place of public accommodation be identified as “gender-free,” outlawing single-user “Men’s” and “Ladies” rooms in Vermont.
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Analysis: The “bathroom bill” caters to people who do not identify with their birth-sex and feel uncomfortable using public restrooms that have gender-specific signage, such as “Men’s”, “Women’s”, or silhouettes or other pictures depicting specific genders. The bill, therefore, makes it illegal for any public building or “place of public accommodation,” such as a restaurant or service station, to label single-use restrooms with gender-specific signage. “The Commissioner of Public Safety may inspect for compliance….”
Those voting YES believe this is “no big deal,” and helps to make Vermont more welcoming to a broader range of people.
Those voting NO believe this is an example of government overreach; that is not the role of government to micromanage businesses in regard to how they must and must not label bathrooms provided for their customers’ use. Subjecting Vermont businesses to inspections and fines for non-compliance with laws like this (as well as the cost and time associated with replacing current signs) furthers Vermont’s reputation as unfriendly to business. And, that this was a “solution is search of a problem” as nobody was being refused use of public restroom.
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As Recorded in the House Journal, Friday, April 21, 2018: “Shall the bill be read a third time? was decided in the affirmative. Yeas, 123. Nays, 19..” (Read the Journal, p.769-772.)
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How They Voted

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David Ainsworth (R-Royalton) -ABSENT
Janet Ancel (D-Calis) – YES
Bob Bancroft (R-Westford) – YES
John Bartholomew (D-Hartland) – YES
Fred Baser (R-Bristol) – YES
Lynn Batchelor (R-Derby Line) -NO
Scott Beck (R-St. Johnsbury) – YES
Paul Belaski (D-Windsor) – YES
Stephen Beyor (R-Highgate Springs) – NO
Clement Bissonnette (D-Winooski) – YES
Thomas Bock (D-Chester) – YES
William Botzow (D-Bennington) – YES
Patrick Brennan (R-Colchester) – YES
Timothy Briglin (D-Thetford) – YES
Cynthia Browning (D-Arlington) – YES
Jessica Brumsted (D-Shelburne) – YES
Susan Buckholz (D-White River Jct) – ABSENT
Thomas Burditt (R-West Rutland) – ABSENT
Mollie Burke (P/D-Brattleboro) – YES
William Canfield (R/D-Fair Haven) -NO
Stephen Carr (D-Brandon) – YES
Robin Chestnut-Tangerman (P-Middletown Springs) – YES
Annemarie Christiansen (D-Perkinsville) – YES
Kevin Christie (D-White River Jct.) – YES
Brian Cina (P-Burlington) – YES
Celene Colburn – (P-Burlington) – YES
James Condon (D-Colchester) -YES
Peter Conlon (D-Cornwall) – YES
Daniel Connor (D-Fairfield) – YES
Charles Conquest (D-Wells River) – YES
Sarah Copeland-Hanzas (D-Bradford) – YES
Timothy Corcoran (D-Bennington) – YES
Lawrence Cupoli (R-Rutland) – YES
Maureen Dakin (D-Colchester) – YES
David Deen (D-Putney) – YES
Dennis Devereux (R-Belmont) – YES
Eileen “Lynn” Dickinson (R-St. Albans) – YES
Anne Donahue (R-Northfield) – YES
Johannah Donovan (D-Burlington) – YES
Betsy Dunn (D-Essex Jct.) – YES
Alice Emmons (D/W-Springfield) – YES
Peter Fagan (R-Rutland) – YES
Martha Feltus (R-Lyndonville) – YES
Rachael Fields (D-Bennington) – YES
Robert Forguites (D-Springfield) – YES
Robert Frenier (R-Chelsea) – NO*
Douglas Gage (R-Rutland) – NO
Marianna Gamache (R-Swanton) – NO
John Gannon (D-Wilmington) – YES
Marcia Gardner (D-Richmond) – YES
Dylan Giambatista (D-Essex Jct.) – YES
Diana Gonzalez (P/D-Winooski) – YES
Maxine Grad (D-Moretown) – YES
Adam Greshin (I-Warren) – YES
Rodney Graham (R-Williamstown) – NO
Sandy Haas (P/D-Rochester) – YES
Jim Harrison (R-Chittenden) – YES
Helen Head (D-So. Burlington) – YES
Michael Hebert (R-Vernon) – NO
Robert Helm (R/D-Fair Haven) – NO*
Mark Higley (R-Lowell) – NO
Matt Hill (D-Johnson) – YES
Jay Hooper (D-Brookfield) – YES
Mary Hooper (D-Montpelier) – YES
Lori Houghton (D-Essex Jct.) – YES
Mary Howard (D-Rutland) – YES
Ron Hubert (R-Milton) – NO
Kimberly Jessup (D-Middlesex) – YES
Ben Jickling (I-E. Randolph) – YES*
Mitzi Johnson (D-S. Hero) – PRESIDING
Ben Joseph (D-N. Hero) – YES
Bernard Juskiewicz (R-Camdridge) – YES
Brian Keefe (R-Manchester) – YES
Kathleen Keenan (D-St. Albans) – YES
Charlie Kimbell (D-Woodsock) – YES
Warren Kitzmiller (D-Montpelier) – YES
Jill Krowinski (D-Burlington) – YES

Rob LaClair (R-Barre Town) – YES
Martin LaLonde (D-South Burlington) – YES
Diane Lanpher (D-Vergennes) – ABSENT*
Richard Lawrence (R-Lyndon) – YES
Paul Lefebvre (R-Island Pond) – YES*
Patti Lewis (R-Berlin) – NO*
William Lippert (D-Hinesburg) – YES
Emily Long (D-Newfane) – YES*
Gabrielle Lucke (D-White River Jct.) – YES
Terence Macaig (D-Williston) – ABSENT
Michael Marcotte (R/D-Newport) – NO*
Marcia Martel (R-Waterford) – NO*
James Masland (D-Thetford) – YES*
Curtis McCormack (D/W-Burlington) – YES
Patricia McCoy (R-Poultney) – YES
James McCullough (D-Williston) – YES
Francis McFaun (R/D-Barre) – YES
Alice Miller (D-Shaftsbury) – YES
Kiah Morris (D-Bennington) – YES
Mary Morrissey (R-Bennington) – YES
Michael Mrowicki (D-Putney) – YES
Barbara Murphy (I-Fairfax) – YES
Linda Myers (R-Essex) – YES
Gary Nolan (R-Morrisville) – YES
Terry Norris (I-Shoreham) – YES
Daniel Noyes (D-Wolcott) – YES
Jean O’Sullivan (D-Burlington) – YES
Carol Ode (D-Burlington) – YES
Oliver Olsen (I-Londonderry) – YES
Corey Parent (R-St. Albans) – YES
Carolyn Partridge (D-Windham) – YES
Albert “Chuck” Pearce (R/D-Richford) – YES
Paul Poirier (I-Barre) – YES
David Potter (D-Clarendon) -YES
Ann Pugh (D-S. Burlington) – YES
Constance Quimby (R-Concord) –  YES
Barbara Rachelson (D-Burlington) – YES
Carl Rosenquist (R-Georgia) – NO
Brian Savage (R-Swanton) – YES
Robin Scheu (D-Middlebury) – YES
Heidi Scheuermann (R-Stowe) – YES
David Sharpe (D-Bristol) – YES
Charles Shaw (R/D-Pitsford) – YES
Amy Sheldon (D-Middlebury) – YES
Laura Sibilia (I-West Dover) -YES
Brian Smith (R/D-Derby) – YES
Harvey Smith (R-New Haven) – YES
Trevor Squirrill (D-Underhill) – YES
Thomas Stevens (D-Waterbury) – YES
Vicki Strong (R-Albany) – NO
Valerie Stuart (D-Brattleboro) – YES
Linda Sullivan (D-Dorset) – YES
Mary Sullivan (D-Burlington) – YES
Curt Taylor (D-Colchester) – YES
Thomas Terenzini (R/D-Rutland) – NO
George Till (D-Jericho) – YES
Tristan Toleno (D-Brattleboro) – YES
Catherine Toll (D-Danville) – YES
Maida Townsend (D-S. Burlington) – YES
Matthew Trieber (D-Bellows Falls) – YES
Chip Troiano (D-Hardwick) – YES
Donald Turner (R-Milton) – YES
Warren Van Wyck (R-Ferrisburgh) -NO
Gary Viens (R-Newport) – NO
Tommy Walz (D-Barre City) – YES
Kathryn Webb (D-Shelburne) – ABSENT
Cindy Weed (P/D-Enosburg Falls) – YES
Janssen Willhoit (R-St. Johnsbury) – ABSENT
Theresa Wood (D-Waterbury) – YES
Kurt Wright (R-Burlington) – YES
David Yacovone (D-Morrisville) – YES
Michael Yantachka (D-Charlotte) – YES
Samuel Young (D-Glover) – YES

* Corrected 8/11/18. A previous version of this report incorrectly noted the votes so marked. We apologize for any confusion.

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Blaze-Ellen Carpenter May 17, 2018 at 3:56 pm

Looks like our legislatures are wanting all hell to break loose with perverts galore. When will this insanity stop.

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