'Bathroom bill' heads to House after clearing final Senate hurdle
Sylvia Garcia, "because they can't use the bathroom of the gender they identify with?"
Gov. Eric Holcomb and House Republicans asked for an increase of $10 million to expand the program - a $7 million difference from the Senate's version.
"I've been subjected to many jokes, everybody snickering and talking about the bathroom bill".
The Senate committee's amendment would also give priority to children in IN foster care to enroll in the state's pre-K program, and remove a provision requiring two annual inspections and a long-term study.
"If we have a failing school the answer is not to create another school, it is to fix the problem in that school", said Democratic state Sen. The House has yet to consider the Senate's bill or offer amendments. More than 400 people signed up to testify in front of the committee, the majority of them also opposed to the bill.
He questioned why Republicans would push for legislation that would lead to the "horrible dilemma" in which transgender women who are "as feminine as any woman on the Senate floor" would be required to use men's restrooms.
Other senators argued however that judges had denied birth certificate changes in several cases.
Members voted 113-32 to tentatively approve the legislation, which will get a final vote in the House before it can proceed to the Senate.
Republican Speaker of the House Joe Straus told KVUE News he is not a fan of the bill and believes it could send the wrong message to companies and events looking to do business in Texas. Indeed, the National Football League has now proclaimed that it "embraces inclusiveness", with a spokesman warning that "if a proposal that is discriminatory or inconsistent with our values were to become law there [Texas], that would certainly be a factor considered when thinking about awarding future events".
- The Texas House is once again pushing for a statewide ban on texting while driving after efforts in previous years either fizzled out or were vetoed.
Chris Wallace, president of the Texas Association of Business said in a statement Tuesday that he was disappointed with the progress of SB6. This bill would permit open discrimination against the transgender community and is antithetical to both Texan and American values. But public charter schools would be exempt from state school laws and regulations, except those affecting health, safety, civil, and disability rights.
"That, to me, is a fatal flaw in your legislation", Whitmire said, according to the Texas Tribune.
The House is expected to debate the Senate preschool's funding bill later this month.
Patrick released a statement Wednesday afternoon. On March 15, the bill received its "second reading" and was approved by a 22-9 vote. A rally from noon to 1 p.m. on the South Steps of the Capitol will feature Kolkhorst and Rafael Cruz, father of U.S. Sen.