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Parents of transgender children are slamming a Missouri measure that would require public school students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with the sex on their birth certificates.

Republican Sen. Ed Emery said that the measure is needed to protect students' safety and privacy.

Parents and transgender children argued at a hearing yesterday that the proposal is discriminatory and would put transgender students at risk.

A new group of Columbia residents now has protection against several forms of possible discrimination.