Texas House rejects attempts to strengthen 'bathroom bill'

Alejandro Massey
May 31, 2017

Others said the better question could be who would ensure Texas doctors meet educational and quality standards if the board went away.

"Frankly some of the other threats in other states rang pretty hollow in a state like Texas", Republican Sen. "The TMB serves a critical state function, licensing physicians and protecting the health and safety of Texans". He said of the scaled-back bill, "For many of us, and especially for me, this was a compromise". Greg Abbott was preparing for such a scenario, but lawmakers still had little to show for two assignments Abbott and Lt. Gov. Routine procedural proposals to extend the life of five Texas agencies — including medical oversight — previously stalled in the Texas House, after some of the chamber's most conservative members killed every item on a legislative calendar that was supposed to be non-controversial.

This comes after House Speaker Joe Straus said he will not appoint a special committee to compromise on the senate's version of that bill. Under the Texas measure, transgender students at public and charter schools would not be permitted to use the bathroom of their choice, but could be directed to separate, single-occupancy restrooms. The legislation Patrick is pushing for, also known as House Bill 28-99, would require a person to use the restroom that matches their gender at birth.

"I think it's dead for the regular session between now and tomorrow", said Rep. Ron Simmons, a Republican from Carrollton in suburban Dallas who pushed a version of the bathroom bill in the Texas House.

Patrick has said he would use the sunset measure as leverage.

Back in the House, Gonzales passed out printed copies of the House amendment and underlined language that would nullify Taylor's claims about the government code.

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"We've met some resistance along the way, and we've taken the concerns of our fellow senators and House members into consideration". It just doesn't compute.

But Jones said that Patrick may have to settle for a law that falls short of his ideal instead of going for something stronger in a special session that would cost millions and could well make him look petty.

"They got so much blowback from the debt-collection people", said Sen.

House lawmakers pointed to wording in the amendment that specifically refers to "the law governing each agency".

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The news conference came moments after Straus adjourned his chamber.

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