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Rep. Miller introduces bill to suspend new Title IX rules

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) – An Illinois state legislator is leading an effort to stop the implementation of new state school guidelines.

In April, the U.S. Department of Education announced updated regulations to Title IX, a federal law that protects people from sex-based discrimination in education. The regulations now include more protections for transgender students, guidelines for addressing sex-based discrimination, and resources for pregnant and breastfeeding students and staff.

Republican Rep. Mary Miller of Illinois on Wednesday introduced a resolution to prevent schools from losing federal funding if they don’t comply with Title IX guidelines. Sixty-seven of her Republican colleagues in the House of Representatives signed the bill.

Miller criticized the president for the changes, claiming that women and girls would be “endangered” by the law.

“Joe Biden is undermining years of progress women have made in securing their rights under Title IX,” said Rep. Mary Miller (R-IL). “For more than half a century, Title IX has protected women and girls and ensured they have equal educational opportunities. Yet the Biden administration is putting our girls at risk by allowing men access to bathrooms and locker rooms intended for women and girls.”

“This departure represents a blatant violation of the protections Title IX is intended to guarantee and undermines the foundations of women’s rights and safety in their private spaces,” the congresswoman continued.

Some governors, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, have vowed not to enforce the Department of Education’s new rules. Other states, including Tennessee, Indiana, Ohio and West Virginia, have joined in a federal lawsuit challenging the rules.

The rules are expected to come into force on August 1.