Attorney General Says DOJ Won’t Defend Schools Sued Over Transgender Bathroom Bill

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel clarified that the state Department of Justice (DOJ) would not defend school districts sued for implementing a transgender bathroom policy proposed by state Rep. Jesse Kremer (R-Kewaskum) & state Sen. Steve Nass (R-Whitewater)  (from WKOW – Madison):

At a public hearing on Assembly Bill 469 Thursday, several Democrats and school district administrators expressed doubts that DOJ would defend a district in that situation. But AB 469 author Rep. Jesse Kremer (R-Kewaskum) testified that DOJ may step in and defend districts if asked on such cases.

“I heard that and I cringed a little bit,” said Schimel. “The Department of Justice doesn’t represent individual school districts. They have their own counsel for that. We would represent the superintendent of public instruction (DPI) at the state level, if there was some challenge brought to them, but not local school districts.”

See WASB’s testimony on AB 469