ROCK HILL, S.C. - South Carolina is now considering its own version of the bathroom bill.
On Wednesday, a senator from the upstate - Lee Bright - introduced a bill that echoes parts of North Carolina’s controversial house bill two. It says everyone must use the restroom that correlates with their biological gender. Now, some lawmakers in York County are showing their support.
"If it's like what Governor McCrory has, I’ll definitely vote for it. I'm watching after that child or that innocent elderly person that goes in. It simply should not happen," said Rep. Ralph Norman, S.C. House Representative for District 48.
While Norman - a republican - says the bill would protect the defenseless against predators in the bathroom, democrat Rep. John King argues it will put transgender people at risk.
"If they're transitioning from a man to a woman and they're being forced to go into a male bathroom, they’re being bullied, intimidated, or even killed. You have to look at it on both sides," said King, S.C. House Representative for District 49.
No matter where you stand on this issue, a political expert at Winthrop University says the bill will probably not get as far as it did in North Carolina.
“The South Carolina legislature is rounding the corner towards the end of the session. Many of the lawmakers are witnessing what's going on in North Carolina and it could very well die in committee," said Dr. Karen Kedrowski.
South Carolina's version of the bill addresses only the bathroom issue unlike North Carolina’s law which also limits the ability of municipalities to raise minimum wage and enact their own broader non-discrimination ordinances.
The question is will a narrower bill dodge the backlash that has plagued North Carolina?
The bill now awaits hearing in committee. Click here to read the bill.