Above: Sen. Dan Sullivan (R – Jonesboro) and Rep. Mary Bentley (R – Perryville) present H.B. 1156 protecting student privacy in Arkansas.

On Wednesday the Senate Education Committee passed a measure protecting the physical privacy and safety of public school students in Arkansas.

H.B. 1156 by Rep. Mary Bentley (R – Perryville) and Sen. Dan Sullivan (R – Jonesboro) addresses privacy in public school locker rooms, showers, restrooms, changing areas, and similar facilities.

The bill required public schools to designate these facilities for “male” or “female” use.

H.B. 1156 passed in the Arkansas House of Representatives two weeks ago, where it received very strong support from lawmakers.

H.B. 1156 is a good bill that will protect public school students in Arkansas.

It now goes to the entire Arkansas Senate for consideration.