Texas committee set to hear ‘bathroom bill’ Wednesday
AUSTIN, TX (KAUZ) - A key House committee is set to hear Wednesday a bill prohibiting local governments from enacting anti-LGBT discrimination ordinances while voiding any already approved around Texas.
The proposal by Carrollton Republican Rep. Ron Simmons is the House's de facto version of the "bathroom bill," which sailed through the Senate despite a similar law in North Carolina last year causing a national uproar, widespread boycotts and, eventually, a drastic rollback of what that state approved.
Unlike the Senate bill, Simmons' proposal doesn't require transgender Texans to use public bathrooms corresponding to the gender on their birth certificates. It could, however, potentially have an even greater impact by prohibiting cities, counties and school districts from making policy designed to better accommodate transgender people.
If the House advances its own 'bathroom bill,' that will likely further hinder the passage of the measure approved by the Senate. And the Senate version already looked like a longshot to survive given strong opposition from business groups and Republican House Speaker Joe Straus, as well as Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's failure to publicly endorse it.
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