The Senate has voted to ban “bathroom legislation,” a bill that would allow employers to use restrooms according to the gender on their birth certificate.
The measure would also ban the use of any “medical” or “psychiatric” devices for use by transgender people.
Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 31-11 to approve the bill on Thursday.
The legislation would also prohibit the state from implementing a “transgender person use exception.”
The measure passed the committee last week with a single Republican vote.
The bill was the latest in a string of efforts to address a wide range of policy issues facing the nation.
The issue has been a flashpoint in the presidential election campaign, as transgender people have emerged as an increasingly prominent political force.
President Donald Trump has repeatedly made disparaging comments about the rights of transgender people, and he has sought to restrict access to public restrooms and locker rooms for trans people, including banning public schools from using them.
A bill to ban transgender people from using the bathrooms in government buildings passed the House in April.
The Senate voted to move forward with the same bill last week.
The House bill, sponsored by Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., was approved by the committee on Thursday, and the Senate will vote on it in the coming days.
The move comes as Democrats in the Senate are trying to push the issue back into the national spotlight.
On Tuesday, a coalition of more than 100 groups including the Human Rights Campaign, Planned Parenthood and the National Center for Transgender Equality joined forces to launch a $2 million campaign called “Stand Up For Your Rights.”
The group said in a statement that the bill would “send a message to businesses and other businesses across America that transgender people are human beings.”
It also said the measure “would make it illegal for a business to deny someone access to a restroom or locker room based on their gender identity, which is contrary to the core principles of our Constitution and our founding principles.”