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'Bathroom Bill' petition drive is thousands of signatures short as deadline looms
'Bathroom Bill' petition drive is thousands of signatures short as deadline looms

With a weekend deadline looming, a conservative group – shadowed by an equal rights organization – is making a final push in an uphill effort to collect enough signatures to force a ballot referendum on a transgender rights law scheduled to take effect this fall. "The bottom line right now is we're going full speed ahead," said Washington County Del. Neil Parrott, a Republican who chairs MDPetitions.com. As of Friday, the group was thousands of signatures short of its goal. It faced a deadline of midnight Saturday to collect about 18,500 signatures to keep its effort going. It would need to get more signatures later if it reaches that initial milestone. ...

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