Texas Senate Sends Transgender Bill To House

By: Chuck Lindell
American Statesman

After a second day of sharp disagreement and impassioned debate, the Texas Senate on Wednesday gave final approval to the transgender bathroom bill, sending it to an uncertain reception in the House, where Speaker Joe Straus has said he isn’t a fan and prefers to address other priorities.

The 21-10 vote was unchanged from Tuesday’s initial vote on Senate Bill 6.

Prior to the vote, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick — the bill’s leading advocate — said during a radio interview that fellow Republican Straus appears to be ignoring the will of Texas voters.

“I think the speaker is out of touch with the voters,” Patrick said on KLIF in Dallas. “This is an issue that people, supporters, constituents, voters want.”

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