Texas Senate OK's Anti-Trans 'Bathroom Bill,' Sends to House

Phillip Butler
March 16, 2017

During debate Tuesday, she said she had talked with the president of the NCAA about the differences between her bill and the law in North Carolina. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, adding that she was "standing up for those who want privacy and protection in the most intimate places".

"I believe that the blurring of gender - although I respect that people internalize something different - believe that, all of that blurring will lead to less rights for women", said Kolkhorst.

President Donald Trump rescinded that directive in February.

The fight hinges, as it often does in these cases, on the "safety" argument, with fans of the bill saying that it will protect women from male predators who might pretend to be transgender in order to get inside women's bathrooms and locker rooms.

Senate Republicans frequently mentioned women's rights during the debate.

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., who also was at the lunch, said, Pence and Price "are open to suggestions and change".

"I think the people of Texas expect boundaries between gender", Kolkhorst said.

Opponents, such as the liberal-leaning Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, contend the bill is created to discourage property owners and neighborhood groups from challenging commercial or residential developments. The report said that the bill's changes would result in federal subsidies that would fall to half their current size in a decade and that older, lower-earning people would be hit especially hard.

KSAT-TV in San Antonio reported March 2 the filing of SB6 has already cost the city $3 million in potential revenue when convention business went elsewhere.

The House Republicans' legislation would keep a few of the Affordable Care Act's most popular features, such as forbidding insurers to deny coverage or charge more to people with pre-existing medical problems and allowing young adults to stay on their parents' insurance policies until age 26.

"Do you not see how much damage this bill is going to do?" she asked. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston.

The Senate vote follows an emotional 13-hour State Senate Affairs Committee hearing last week which drew 2,000 people to the capital with the majority of the them opposed to the bill. But the number of Republicans hesitating over aspects of the bill makes a long fight over amendments likely, and might force the Susan Collins types to do more than just grandstand and then cave, or grandstand while voting against the bill only once the votes to pass it are assured.

And it would preempt local anti-discrimination laws meant to allow transgender residents to use public bathrooms that match their gender identity.

"This is complicated because you made it complicated", Garcia said.

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