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01/05/2016 12:52 pm ET Updated Jan 05, 2016

New Indiana Bill Aims To Fine Trans People For Using The 'Wrong' Bathroom

The bill constitutes "lining up the potty police to stand at doors of bathrooms," Chris Paulsen tells HuffPost Live.

A new bill introduced in Indiana late last year would fine and imprison transgender people who use public restrooms and locker rooms that don't match the gender listed on their birth certificate. 

Chris Paulsen, the campaign manager for Freedom Indiana, explained to HuffPost Live's Alyona Minkovski on Monday that the bill would force trans people to prove their chromosomes before being allowed access to a bathroom. 

"It is the farthest-reaching bill that we've see nationwide in regards to transgender bathroom use," Paulsen said, later adding, "So basically, it's lining up the potty police to stand at doors of bathrooms, which we think is just ridiculous."

The bill, which was introduced by Republican state senator Jim Tomes, would also affect students in schools. Paulsen said this directly violates Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally-funded education programs or activities.

"We believe that transgender women are women, and they should be in the women's room," Paulsen said. "Transgender men are men, and they should be in the men's room. It would lead to bad health consequences, and we just don't see that there's any need for a bill like this."

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