On Tuesday, the Texas Senate easily passed their privacy protection bill (SB6), also known as the bathroom bill. After more than four hours of debate on the floor in Austin, the bill passed by a vote of 21-10. Democrat, Sen. Eddie Lucio of Brownsville, broke with his party and voted in favor of the bill. The bill, similar to North Carolina’s HB2, would require people to use bathrooms in public schools, universities and government buildings that match the “biological sex” noted on their birth certificates.
The bill would apply to places like the state Capitol in Austin, city halls, state agencies and the hundreds of schools and public universities across the state. It would also nullify city ordinances that allow people to use the bathrooms, dressing rooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity. Similar to NC’s bill, private businesses and public buildings that are leased out to private entities are exempt and are free to set their own bathroom policies. Texas House Speaker Joe Straus has not yet announced which committee will consider the bill.
Watch Texas Association of Business President’s testimony of the Senate Committee hearing on SB6
Watch this EPIC cross-examination by Sens. Hancock & Bettencourt of falsehoods told by Chris Wallace & Texas Assoc. of Business who have been fighting AGAINST a bill to protect women and little girls from being exposed to men in showers and bathrooms in public schools and other gov’t facilities.
Posted by Texas Freedom Caucus on Thursday, March 9, 2017