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Texas “bathroom bill” dead until 2019 (update: maybe)

Texas “bathroom bill” dead until 2019 (update: maybe)

Update: The Texas governor does not rule out another special session. But in the AP’s analysis, the bill won’t succeed under the current makeup of the Texas house, and elections are in 2018.


The Dallas News:

In an unexpected move late Tuesday, the Texas House wrapped up its business a day ahead of the official end of the 30-day special session, killing any hopes the legislation could be revived in the 11th hour.

The bathroom bill may be dead, but the fight over transgender rights in Texas is just beginning.

A top priority of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and the state’s far-right Republicans, the restroom rhetoric will likely reemerge as a conservative litmus test during next year’s GOP primary elections, and the legislation itself could be resurrected during the next legislative session in 2019.

Just under a month ago the presiding bishop and president of the house of deputies appealed to the Texas legislature not to pass the bill.

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Paul Powers

This is assuming that the governor doesn’t call a second special session.

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