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Gov. Ducey speaks out on transgender restroom policy

MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Gov. Doug Ducey scolded the White House on Monday, saying the president's directive on transgender restrooms is neither wanted nor needed in Arizona.

His comments come days after President Barack Obama issued a memo to all public schools in the U.S., tell them to let transgender students use the bathroom of the gender with whom they identify.

The president and supporters believe the move will protect these students from bullying and harassment.

But other state leaders across the country have accused Obama of overstepping his executive authority.

"This is not an issue we're having in Arizona; this is an issue we're handling on the local level. We don't need Washington D.C. or the federal government telling us how to run our schools," Ducey said.

The governor would not say if he will instruct state school officials to follow or ignore the order, as some governors have done.

While the directive does not carry the force of law, ignoring it could cost the state federal education funding.

The governor's position immediately drew criticism from state Sen. Katie Hobbs, a Democrat from Phoenix.

She posted on Facebook that Ducey should, "spend some time talking w/transgender students and you would learn about the persecution, harassment, and bullying they face on a daily basis."

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