Texas "Bathroom Bill" is dead

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  1. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
    The Texas 'bathroom bill' is dead -- for now

    AUSTIN — The Texas bathroom bill is officially dead — for now.

    In an unexpected move late Tuesday, the Texas House wrapped up its business a day ahead of the official end of the 30-day special session, killing any hopes the legislation could be revived in the 11th hour.

    "I'm disappointed," bathroom bill author Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, said Tuesday evening. "In our most intimate spaces, there should be some lines drawn."

    Acknowledging, "there has not been a more contentious issue this session," Kolkhorst said she's ready to "take a few breaths and go home."

    "It's been a long year."

    The bathroom bill may be dead, but the fight over transgender rights in Texas is just beginning.

    A top priority of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and the state's far-right Republicans, the restroom rhetoric will likely reemerge as a conservative litmus test during next year's GOP primary elections, and the legislation itself could be resurrected during the next legislative session in 2019. The courts are expected to get involved too, as progressive Texas cities and school districts fight to keep in place anti-discrimination rules that allow them to accommodate trans men, women and children's needs.

    Carrollton Republican Ron Simmons, the House author of the legislation, said the issue will continue to be a source of debate in the Lone Star State.

    "The legislation might be dead but the issue is still very much alive until it is solved at the state or federal level," Simmons said. "A patchwork of local ordinances or policies is never best for all Texans."

    Kolkhorst and Simmons' legislation, which could have restricted the bathrooms, showers and locker rooms available for use to transgender Texans, enjoyed unanimous Republican support in the Senate. It was the Texas House killed any chance of the bills becoming law, ultimately letting them die a quietly by not holding a vote on the issue.

    House leaders responsible for the death blow, included Republican Speaker Joe Straus of San Antonio, pointed to opposition from big business and said the measures were solutions in search of a problem.

    Lou Weaver, transgender programs coordinator for Equality Texas, was tentatively celebratory.

    "I'm cautious about any possible next steps by our elected officials," said Weaver. "But am thankful for all the trans folks and parents of trans youth who kept pushing back against the anti-trans narrative."

  2. fitshaced macrumors 68000


    Jul 2, 2011
    What exactly was this trying to protect? Transgender sharing a bathroom with others? Is there really nothing more important these guys could be working on?
  3. AustinIllini thread starter macrumors demi-goddess


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Believe it or not, but this is a special session for the Texas legislature. My tax dollars are at work.

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