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PHOENIX (KTLA) — Arizona state representative John Kavanagh introduced legislation Wednesday that would make it a misdemeanor crime for a person to use a public facility associated with a gender other than what is listed on his or her birth certificate.

The proposed legislation, which would cover public restrooms, showers and dressing rooms, was scheduled to be heard by Arizona’s House Appropriations Committee.

Nicknamed “the bathroom bill,” the legislation was seen by many gay rights activists as being discriminatory against transgender people.

The proposal came less than a month after the city of Phoenix passed a human rights ordinance prohibiting gender identity discrimination in public accommodations.

If passed, the legislation would be the toughest standard in the nation, according to transgender advocates.

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