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Texas set to pass transgender bathroom law for schools

Texas set to pass transgender bathroom law for schools

A new "bathroom bill" that would bar transgender public school students from using the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity has passed the Texas House, Dallas News reports.

That proposal sounds a lot like segregation of trans kids, some critics argue. "Separate but equal is not equal at all", she said.

"Bathrooms divided us then, and it divides us now", Thompson said.

During debate on the amendment, Paddie faced criticism from Democratic colleagues, who said the amendment discriminated against transgender students.

The bill, which returns to the House to consider Senate changes, expands on similar legislation that became law in 2015 and applied to nonsexual class A and B misdemeanors that do not involve family violence.

Democrats in the state Senate voted mostly against the bill in March, and saw their amendments to soften the penalty and make student IDs an acceptable form of identification rejected. However, the measure stalled in the House. All state agencies must undergo periodic "sunset" reviews, but they're often added to the safety net bill if lawmakers fail to reauthorize them in time. It will head to Gov. Greg Abbott's desk following a final vote Wednesday. It won praise from Abbott, who called it "thoughtful" in his first public comments on a bathroom-related proposal.

"This bill aims to improve child welfare services through community-based foster care and requires better coordination and delivery of necessary medical services to children in the system", Texas Republican Rep. James Frank, who authored the bill, wrote a Facebook post on Friday.

"Gov. Abbott's hope is that the House and the Senate will agree on a measure that, at a minimum, protects the privacy of students in locker rooms and restrooms, and he will continue to work with members of both chambers to achieve that goal", said John Wittman, a spokesman for the governor.

The original House plan sought to increase annual, per-student funding about $210 to $5,350, while raising funding for school district transportation and educating dyslexic students - increasing totally spending by $1.6 billion. 'Some people don't want to admit that. The UIL has a ban on steroids but its rules allow their use if they have been "dispensed, prescribed, delivered and administered by a medical practitioner for a valid medical goal". Some 32 percent of respondents said they'd limited food or drink in order to avoid a trip to a public bathroom. It's also smaller in scope than a law that passed with enormous backlash, and was later partially repealed, in North Carolina. Sunday's votes comes after lawmakers in both houses heard testimony from hundreds of trans kids and their families about how risky the law could be. "It could just be a kid that's shy and doesn't want to be with the rest of the kids", said Paddie. "That's not just wrong and abusive: it's also begging to be sued".

As to how the NCAA might respond, if its actions in North Carolina prove precedent, they won't do much aside from offering a mealy-mouthed statement.

"The so-called bathroom amendment approved by the house last night is billed as a compromise, but there can be no compromise on discrimination". "I don't think there's any question the Senate will accept it", he said.

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