Rock Hill, S.C. - The bathroom bill is making headlines again in South Carolina. This Wednesday, both supporters and critics spoke out in a senate committee hearing on the proposed law. Several people protested outside the capitol as the hearing went on.
We took a drive down Oakland Avenue in Rock Hill. There, we spoke with a local business owner who says he supports South Carolina’s bathroom bill.
"Go to the bathroom the Good Lord made you to go to," said David Angel, a Rock Hill native.
Angel says he wants 'common sense' legislation that will protect his wife and three daughters as well as his business.
“The needs of the many outweigh the needs of a few. It's disappointing whenever a few people who have the ability to get a lot of attention, jump up, scream and yell, and everybody thinks the sky is falling and we run like chicken little," said Angel.
Apocalyptic or not, some say South Carolina’s bathroom bill might never make it into law.
"There is actually a good chance it could die before it ever reached the governor's desk. It's not as automatic to go through in South Carolina as HB2 was in North Carolina because this is regular session and faces all the normal hurdles of a normal session," said Dr. Scott Huffmon, Winthrop University political science professor.
And that makes a big difference on how much say South Carolinians will have on this proposed legislation.
"They can tell their senators and representatives how they want them to vote. It's pretty easy to look up who your state senator or representative is. That's very different from North Carolina. It happened within two hours in North Carolina. North Carolinians did not get to make their voice heard to their elected officials. South Carolinians can," said Huffmon.
He says the conversation at the senate hearing focused a lot on questions around enforcement, whether people would have to carry around their birth certificate, and how police would investigate if there was a complaint.
The conversation from bathroom bill supporters has also changed. Experts say it is shifting from the earlier focus on safety to how it would impact privacy.