Texas Senate Okays Transgender Bathroom Bill

Janie Parker
March 16, 2017

Senators debated the bill for four and a half hours on the discrimination of trans people in Texas before casting their votes.

Kolkhorst said transgender people can change the gender on their birth certificate, but others pointed out that this process is costly and time-consuming, and in some cases, they are not allowed to make the change.

According to the Austin American-Statesman, one Democrat, Senator Eddie Lucio Jr. of Brownsville, joined all 20 Republicans to approve the bill with a 21-10 margin.

Freshman Rep. John Faso, R-N.Y., from a closely divided Catskill Mountains district, said he was concerned the bill would hurt hospitals and was undecided about supporting it. He said the vice president's pitch was: "The process is open, we're still working on it, bring your ideas forward and let's get a bill done".

A House bill that would ease Kentucky public schools' anti-nepotism laws was approved by the Senate Education Committee last week.

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Several members of the hard-line conservative House Freedom Caucus, which has expressed serious concerns that the measure does not go far enough in repealing the Affordable Care Act, are on the Budget Committee and could decline to support the measure there. Government should not "indoctrinate children in gender theories and other mature topics they may not comprehend", he said.

Supporters say the bill would reinforce the existing rule of law and provide consistency among the state's law enforcement agencies.

"Don't think I don't pray about this and making sure we are making the right decision", she said. "It is vital that SB6 not become law and that the Texas House heed the call of fair-minded Texans, businesses, organizations, conferences, and celebrities who have decried this hateful bill", said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD, in a prepared statement Wednesday. She says she fears if SB-4 passes, her parents could be deported back to Mexico for something as little as a traffic violation.

They worry that the projected deficit reduction would not be enough of a gain to compensate for the budget office's prediction that 24 million fewer people would have health insurance in a decade. The bill passed easily there with a vote of 8 to 1. "This Senate vote was driven by one motive, and one motive only - discrimination".

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said both Speaker Paul D. Ryan and Price are working on the regulations that he described as "fairly easy to do".

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