May 14, 2024 - News

Utah GOP state auditor stokes fire over trans bathroom law enforcement

A screenshot of a tweet by John Dougall

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State Auditor John Dougall this week doubled down on his criticism against Utah's transgender bathroom enforcement law through a video he posted on X.

State of play: The move comes about a week after Dougall released a scathing statement over his office being required to enforce it after receiving thousands of hoax reports through a tip line, adding he didn't sign up to become a "bathroom monitor."

The other side: In response, one of the bill's sponsors, state Rep. Kera Birkeland (R-Morgan), took to X to defend the measure on May 7, saying she remained focused on protecting girls and women.

What he's saying: "If this bill were actually about making girls safer, you would think that the legislature would actually spend some money retrofitting bathrooms and providing greater privacy and greater safety," Dougall, a Republican running to replace Utah Rep. John Curtis in Congress, said in the video.

  • "Instead, it looks like this piece of the bill was more about show than substance, but it wouldn't be the first time the legislature did something like that, would it?"

Of note: When asked for comment on Tuesday, a Utah House spokesperson referred Axios to Birkeland's previous statement.

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