WATCH: California Dem Restrained From Confronting Republican During Debate On Transgender Parental Notification Bill

"I went blank. I lost it."
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A California Democrat was restrained by his fellow lawmakers when he stood up and began moving toward a Republican member during debate over a bill about schools informing parents when children announce new gender identities.

According to video of the Thursday incident, Assemblyman Dr. Corey Jackson, a Democrat, reacted to something inaudible said by Assemblyman Bill Essayli, a Republican. Both assemblymen represent neighboring districts in the southern part of the state, southwest of Los Angeles.  

“You’d better watch yourself,” Jackson can be heard saying several times.

“He’s not going to smack his gums over here today,” Jackson said.

Jackson then got up from his chair and began physically pushing against lawmakers who were trying to restrain him.

“I went blank. I lost it,” Jackson later told the Los Angeles Times.

The bill at the center of the incident, Assembly Bill 1955, would prohibit school districts from having policies that require schools to tell parents when their child expresses a new gender identity. It would also shield teachers who supported children’s new gender identities from retaliation.

“LGBTQ+ pupils have the right to express themselves freely at school without fear, punishment, or retaliation, including that teachers or administrators might ‘out’ them without their permission,” the bill reads. “Policies that require outing pupils without their consent violate pupils’ rights to privacy and self-determination.”

The Assembly ultimately voted 61-16 in favor of the bill, which goes to Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk for consideration. Newsom has not yet signed it.

Before the situation on the floor spiraled, Assembly Speaker Jim Wood (D) had interrupted Essayli, the Republican.

“I am tired of being interrupted by you,” Essayli told the speaker, prompting Wood to cut his microphone.

A vote to allow Essayli to continue with the floor debate failed. Then Assemblyman Rick Chavez Zbur, a Democrat from Hollywood, took the floor and began speaking about his personal coming out as LGBT. Essayli raised a point of order over Zbur talking about his personal life, and the situation deteriorated from there.

At one point, Essayli compared the Democrat leadership to “the Chinese Communist Party.”

When he was eventually allowed to speak, Essayli told his fellow lawmakers, “We stand with you. We do not want anyone to be bullied or hurt or erased or any of this stuff.”

“When a child is going through this, it’s a very difficult and emotional time,” Essayli said. “We do not believe that the government — the schools — have any authority to withhold information from parents at all, period.”

The bill comes in the wake of parental notification policies in several major school districts in California, which have been challenged by the state attorney general.

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