Governor Steve Bullock was somewhat irreverent about Attorney General Tim Fox decision to join a multistate lawsuit challenging transgender bathroom guidance.  Both the U.S. Department of Justice and Education issued the directive protecting those with issues of gender identity.  Fox announced on July 8 that Montana would join 20 other states challenging the directive.
Bullock said yesterday that it was ultimately his decision, but local schools might best handle individual cases themselves, rather than federal courts.  Fox blasted Bullock’s bathroom interpretation as an attempt to “usurp control of our local schools.”  The guidance advises schools to let transgender students use the bathroom aligning with the gender they identify with. A White House spokesman said the guidance is not an “enforcement action.”  While it sparked national criticism, there was little public outcry in Montana. Neither School District 2 nor Montana State University Billings said they heard concerns from parents.