H.B. 257 - Sex-Based Designations for Privacy, Anti-Bullying, and Women's Opportunities


Sponsor: Rep. Kera Birkeland
Floor Sponsor: Sen. Daniel McCay


Equal Rights


Better Utah Position

– Oppose



Bill Status

– Passed


Prohibits students from accessing sex-specific restrooms, locker rooms, shower rooms, and changing rooms in public schools that do not correspond with a person’s biological sex as defined in the bill, instead requiring students and their parent or guardian to work with the school to develop a privacy plan that allows reasonable access to unisex, single-occupant, or faculty restrooms; for publicly owned or controlled facilities accessible to the general public, the bill makes it a crime to enter a sex-designated changing room (not restrooms) that does not correspond with that person’s “biological sex” and increases criminal penalties for other crimes committed in that situation; outside of regulating access to “privacy spaces,” the bill requires “equivalent quality or rotational sharing” of sex-designated athletic facilities or venues within the public education system, and that government entities shall ensure the construction of single-occupant facilities in new construction and consider retrofitting or remodeling existing spaces to include privacy protections.

Passed in House and Senate

Signed by Governor Cox 1/30/24

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Voted "Yes"
Vote Legislator District
Yes Sen. J. Stuart Adams Republican SD7
Yes Sen. Heidi Balderree Democrat SD22
Yes Sen. David G. Buxton Republican SD4
Yes Sen. Kirk A. Cullimore Republican SD19
Yes Sen Lincoln Fillmore Republican SD17
Yes Sen. Keith Grover Republican SD23
Yes Sen. Wayne A. Harper Republican SD16
Yes Sen. David P. Hinkins Republican SD26
Yes Sen. Don L. Ipson Republican SD29
Yes Sen. John D. Johnson Republican SD3
Yes Sen. Michael S. Kennedy Republican SD21
Yes Sen. Daniel McCay Republican SD18
Yes Sen. Michael K. Mckell Republican SD25
Yes Sen. Ann Millner Republican SD5
Yes Sen. Derrin R. Owens Republican SD27
Yes Sen. Scott D. Sandall Republican SD1
Yes Sen. Jerry W. Stevenson Republican SD6
Yes Sen. Evan J. Vickers Republican SD28
Yes Sen. Chris H. Wilson Republican SD2
Yes Sen. Ronald Winterton Republican SD20
Voted "No"
Vote Legislator District
No Sen. Nate Blouin Democrat SD13
No Sen. Luz Escamilla Democrat SD10
No Sen. Karen Kwan Democrat SD12
No Sen. Stephanie Pitcher Democrat SD14
No Sen. Jen Plumb Democrat SD9
No Sen. Kathleen Riebe Democrat SD15
No Sen. Daniel W. Thatcher Republican SD11
No Sen. Todd Weiler Republican SD8
Officially Absent
Vote Legislator District
Absent Sen. Curtis S. Bramble Republican SD24
Didn't Get to Vote
Vote Legislator District