Texas Senate approves anti-trans bathroom bill

  • Texas Senate approves anti-trans bathroom bill

Texas Senate approves anti-trans bathroom bill

"But the governor has been on the record supporting other issues like this".

Sen. John Whitmire, a Houston Democrat, called the bill unnecessary and pointed out it's already illegal to harass or assault someone in a bathroom or anywhere in the state. Sen. "I hope you consider the young people and how you affect their dreams", Austin resident Michael Garcia, testifying against the so-called "sanctuary cities" bill. This is about dressing rooms, lockers, showers and restrooms.

"We hope that 2017 finally will be the session that the Texas Legislature outlaws one form of distracted driving that has injured and killed too many Texans in the years since such legislation was first introduced", said Beaman Floyd, executive director of the Texas Coalition of Affordable Insurance Solutions. "It's not flawless. It's not easy when we talk about these issues". Reiterating Republicans' go-to defense of the bill, Kolkhorst repeatedly cited the since-rescinded Obama administration guidelines on accommodating transgender students as proof that Texas needs a statewide policy to keep men and boys out of women's "intimate facilities". The bill would not apply to private businesses or public buildings leased by private businesses.

Hundreds of people Wednesday again packed the Texas Capitol to speak against the measure that Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has declared a priority.

If people decide to do that, Senator Estes says it would allow them to use whichever gender is marked on the certificate.

"The bottom line, for me, is I think there's a misunderstanding of human nature", said Democratic state Sen. Several states, as well as scores of cities and university campuses, have long allowed transgender people to use restrooms based on their gender identity.

"They've made light of the issue, accusing us of wasting time", she said on the Senate floor according to KVUE.

It defines a dismemberment abortion as "an abortion in which a person, with the goal of causing the death of an unborn child, dismembers the unborn child and extracts the unborn child one piece at a time from the uterus. using any medical instruments on a piece of the unborn child's body to cut or rip the piece from the body". "Don't you see the damage that does to kids, to be humiliated and embarrassed", said state Sen.

Individuals who violate the measure will not face any criminal charges for using an opposite-sex bathroom.

Bills in other states have defined "biological sex" in terms that include chromosomes and anatomy.

Kolkhorst also told senators that she had spoken to the NCAA's president to highlight the differences between the proposed legislation in Texas and North Carolina's own "bathroom bill", which cost the state millions in canceled events. But opponents of the bill pushed back, arguing that changing that marker is hard in the state because it often involves travel, legal fees and overcoming judges' "routine" refusals to grant those requests.

Protesters lined the halls outside the chamber where the vote was held, armed with signs that said "Don't Discriminate".