"You can mark today as the day Texas is drawing a line in the sand and saying, 'No, '" says Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, who had labeled the issue a legislative priority. Exemptions will only be extended to small children, disabled folks, and emergencies. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham. Schools would be free to make accommodations, including single-occupancy bathrooms and locker rooms, for transgender students, she said.
North Carolina faced boycotts, and potentially billions of dollars in lost state revenue, after passing its own version a year ago. The language in each bill is a bit different, but both would require people to use restrooms based upon their sex at birth.
Kolkhorst said she's studied the problem for months and hopes her bill will be a practical, common sense solution to a sensitive issue.
AUSTIN, TEXAS-Keep Texas Open for Business strongly opposed Senate Bill 6, calling out the just-filed "Texas Privacy Act", as discriminatory, anti-business, and unnecessary legislation that is poised to have an immediate and detrimental impact on Texas' economy. She suggested that "blanket policies", like the federal school guidelines, violate parent and student rights, yet she seemed entirely unaware that her Texas Privacy Act is, in fact, also a blanket policy.
Protesters gathered at the state Capitol could be seen holding signs with slogans like "nix SB6" and "flush the bill" and heard booing as the press conference proceeded.
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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is so proud that he is going to put Texas' economic health at risk that he's holding a press conference this afternoon to announce it.
"The Super Bowl is set for 5:30 p.m. on February 7", Patrick said, responding to concerns from business groups in the state that the bill will stifle economic competitiveness.
"Privacy and safety is our first priority, not political correctness", Patrick stated. "Senate Bill 6 may have my name on it, but the responsibility falls on all of us to protect citizens and ensure that their personal and private rights are secured".
"After having watched the debacle in North Carolina, it is shocking that the Lt. Gov. would be so intent on pursuing SB6", Rebecca L. Robertson, legal for policy director for the ACLU of Texas said. Appearing resigned yet still upset, he said the bill encouraged people to "ignore the existence of transgender people and hurt their ability to participate in public life".
"The Texas State Legislature has exactly one constitutionally assigned duty: to pass a budget". Particularly with Patrick's strong support, passage can be expected in the Senate, where Republicans outnumber Democrats 20-11 and where the GOP caucus has grown far more conservative in recent years. "But if the Lieutenant Governor is truly anxious about the safety of women and children, he would cease his assaults on women's well-being, fix Texas's moribund CPS program, and see to the millions of uninsured children whose lives and futures have been compromised by our lawmakers' warped priorities".