Editor’s note: This is a developing story.
Making politicians attach their names to their positions can be a powerful thing. The “sanctuary cities” bill tested that theory.
A key deadline passed on Monday without the House “bathroom bill” getting out of committee, meaning the bill won’t make it to the House floor this session.
Texas legislators expected to lock horns over the bathroom bill. But the raw debate over sanctuary cities could be the hallmark of this 85th Legislature.
The passage of two so-called “bathroom bills” could mean an initial $411.8 million loss for the San Antonio region’s gross product each year.
You might rejoice or bewail the death of a piece of legislation, but remember: Nothing is really dead while the Texas Legislature is still in Austin.
As North Carolina lawmakers voted Thursday to revise that state’s “bathroom bill,” Texas Republicans said they are not backing away from their proposal.
Several cases working their way through the legal system have placed a national spotlight on the issue of transgender access to bathrooms. While some states have taken steps to allow access based on gender identity, many are considering legislation that restricts bathroom use by the sex assigned at birth.
Though the bill has made it to the House, chamber leaders have hinted that the controversial legislation may never reach the chamber’s floor for a vote.
After several hours of debate, the Texas Senate on Tuesday tentatively signed off on the so-called “bathroom bill” on a 21-10 vote.