Montana House GOP bars transgender lawmaker Zooey Zephyr for remainder of session

The Republican-led Montana House voted Wednesday to bar Rep. Zooey Zephyr (D) from the House floor for the rest of the legislative session. The extraordinary move — it has been nearly half a century since Montana lawmakers took such a disciplinary action, The Associated Press reports — stems from comments Zephyr, a transgender lawmaker representing Missoula, made about a bill to ban gender-affirming hormone treatment or surgery for minors. Republicans said her remarks violated "decorum" rules.

Zephyr will be allowed to vote remotely and participate in committee meetings for the rest of the session, which ends in May. The vote to block her from the House floor was 68 to 32, along party lines.

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