Political Notes — McKoon calls for lawsuits over LGBT bathroom issue

[private]State Sen. Josh McKoon (R-Columbus) is calling on attorneys general and parents of school children to start suing over last week’s federal directive about bathroom access in public schools to transgender students.

McKoon, one of the sponsors of Georgia’s “religious liberty” legislation, was reacting Monday to the Obama administration’s letters to local school officials advising them transgender students must be able to use bathrooms matching their gender identity.

McKoon said he’ll also introduce a bill next legislative session that would waive state government’s sovereign immunity on this issue, opening the door to lawsuits from parents who object to the presence of transgender students in public schools.

“If it is true that no one needs to fear these new bathroom policies, then it won’t cost the state a dime to waive immunity,” McKoon said in a Facebook posting.

“I hope our attorney general and others would take necessary legal action to resolve the constitutional issue,” McKoon added.

Attorney General Sam Olens has been party to several lawsuits challenging executive orders and environmental regulations issued by the Obama administration, but his office did not respond to an inquiry about it might do in relation to the bathroom access issue.

McKoon is among the numerous Republican elected officials trying to push back on the federal bathroom directive, which was issued after North Carolina enacted an anti-LGBT bathroom law.

Paule is the choice to head GreenLaw

David M. Paule, formerly the chief revenue officer for the Atlanta Opera, has been selected by GreenLaw’s board of directors as the next executive director of the environmental law firm.

Paule replaces Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, who stepped down on the director’s job nearly a year ago to become director of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability for the City of Atlanta.

“Dave is a proven leader who has shown tremendous acumen in growing non-profit organizations,” board Chairman David A. Bain said. “Dave’s energy, vision, and organizational experience will be an important asset in our efforts to protect Georgia’s environment and ensure its citizens continue to benefit from clean water, clean air, and careful development.”

Johnson to lead Council of Superior Court Judges

Alcovy Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Horace J. Johnson Jr. has been elected president of the Council of Superior Court Judges for a one-year term. The council’s president-elect is Judge Tilman E. “Tripp” Self III of Macon and the secretary-treasurer is Judge Kathy Stephens Palmer of Swainsboro.

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