Texas set to pass transgender bathroom law for schools

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May 22, 2017

A transgender "bathroom bill" reminiscent of one in North Carolina that caused a national uproar now appears to be on a fast-track to becoming law in Texas, though it may only apply to public schools.

Republican Rep. Chris Paddie authored the hotly debated language, saying it had "absolutely no intent" to discriminate. Under it, transgender students at public and charter schools would not be permitted to use the bathroom of their choice, but could be directed to separate, single-occupancy restrooms.

"It's absolutely about child safety," said Paddie, from the East Texas town of Marshall. "This is about accommodating all kids."

His change passed 91-50. The measure formally cleared the House Monday, sending the modified bill to the Senate, which should easily support it. Texas' legislative session ends May 29, but that's plenty of time — even if the bathroom bill is scaled-back enough to only affect the state's roughly 5.3 million public school students, and not the general public.

More here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-texas-transgender-bathroom-law-20170522-story.html

 

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Amazing the lengths too many will go to just to deny someone else something, or deprive another of what they should already have had.  This country has a history of just that.  And humankind an even longer history of it.

Must be in the DNA to be so hateful, judgemental and selfish....

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I just hope we see the same kind of commercial rejection that we saw in North Carolina. Through that, like a boycott, everyone starts wondering if their bigotry is worth it.

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'Bathroom bill’ dies again in Texas as session abruptly ends

Paul J. Weber and Will Weissert, Associated PressPublished 5:10 a.m. ET Aug. 16, 2017 | Updated 6:00 a.m. ET Aug. 16, 2017

 

AUSTIN, Texas - A Texas “bathroom bill” targeting transgender people died again late Tuesday along with many of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s summer demands as an already bruising legislative session was derailed by Republican backbiting that could preview an even nastier 2018 primary season.

It is the second time that North Carolina-style bathroom restrictions have failed to pass in Texas, and Abbott gave no indication he would order weary lawmakers to stay in Austin and try again — which would risk a third failure over what has erupted into one of the most high-profile bills in any U.S. legislature.

Corporate heavyweights from Amazon to Exxon Mobil lined up against the measure, as did some top law enforcement agencies, and opponents celebrated the latest failure despite the support from the governor and influential social conservatives who drive GOP politics and primaries in Texas.

More here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/08/16/texas-bathroom-bill/571671001/

 

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Texas Bathroom Bill Dies Again, Raising Republican Acrimony

David Montgomery reported from Austin, and Manny Fernandez from Houston., The New York Times

AUSTIN, Tex. — A bill to restrict which bathroom transgender people can use in public buildings and schools died in the Texas Legislature on Tuesday evening, a rare defeat for social conservatives in a state they usually dominate.

The failure of the so-called bathroom bill at the end of a special legislative session was the second time in three months that the bill had fallen short, and it deepened the ideological discord within the Texas Republican Party. But it did not kill the issue entirely.

The Republican lieutenant governor, Dan Patrick, who pushed for the bill’s North Carolina-style restrictions on transgender bathroom use, virtually guaranteed that the issue would arise again in future legislative sessions. And it is still possible that Gov. Greg Abbott, who supported the bill, will recall lawmakers for a second special session to give the bill another chance at passage.

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Mabye there's hope in TX afterall....

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