Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Demands Special Session For Transgender 'Bathroom Bill'

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Demands Special Session For Transgender 'Bathroom Bill'

Straus on Friday took further action on bathrooms off the table but said the House would consider on Saturday whether to appoint members to a conference committee on Senate Bill 669, onto which the House amended a narrow version of the property tax legislation Patrick was pushing for.

Patrick, eager to find a reason for a special session in which the transgender measure could be considered, found a high-value target in the bill needed to keep the Texas Medical Board and several other state agencies in operation.

The inevitable bottom line as the session sputters towards its Monday conclusion is that we're probably headed for a special session.

The Senate rejected the House version as too watered down.

This bill still needs to be approved by the Senate before being passed to Gov. Greg Abbot.

The House maintains that it did get its work done on time.

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Speaker Joe Straus said it was "absurd" how much time lawmakers have spent prioritizing efforts to pass a North Carolina-style law that would restrict bathroom rules for transgender people.

After months of avoiding a vote on the divisive issue, the House on Sunday amended Senate Bill 2078 with language that would've required school districts to provide single-occupancy bathrooms, lockers rooms and changing facilities for students who don't want to use the ones associated with their "biological sex".

Creighton served on the Senate's conference committee for the bill and said a special session is imminent.

"He laid down the gauntlet tonight and I don't think the people of Texas and I hope the members of the house are gonna tolerate one man, standing alone, behind a microphone telling his members what they're going to do", Patrick said.

Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, said, "I just want to ask the lieutenant governor one thing: Do you want to jeopardize the senior citizens and the children of this state because there might be some (differences in ) ideology or differences in philosophy?"

Straus has for months said the bathroom bill would hurt Texas' economy, and he has been joined by top companies and businesses who say it sends a discriminatory message. Hollywood and music stars have threatened boycotts if Texas passes a law, and the National Football League and NBA have hinted that future events could be pulled out of the state - even though Houston hosted the last Super Bowl in February.

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