Texas governor revives 'bathroom bill' for special session

Though legislation regarding protecting privacy in school bathrooms, locker rooms and showers passed with bipartisan support in the Senate, Jonathan Saenz of Texas Values says a companion bill in the House snarled and was unsettled when the session recently ended.

Only Governor Abbott can call a special session and only he can decide what the legislature should debate. Abbott said the Lege won't consider any other initiatives until that bill "pass [es] out of the Senate in full", at which point he plans to return 19 other items for consideration, including a number of education-based initiatives: teacher salaries, practices for teacher hiring and firing, school finance, and school vouchers for students with disabilities. And the Senate hated the House bill because, senators said, it was too watered down. From shoving through HB 3859 - which allows adoption agencies to use religion as a weapon to deny LGBTQ families the ability to adopt a child - to signing a ban on "sanctuary cities" into law, policy that could potentially harm LGBTQ immigrants, the Texas Capitol has promoted an out-of-touch agenda at the expense of the state's most vulnerable. "In giving this non-issue such a prominent platform, Governor Abbott is signaling that he is perfectly comfortable ceding his most basic governing responsibilities to his belligerent lieutenant governor".

This special session announcement follows what was a "discrimination session" against marginalized communities across the state, including LGBTQ Texans. According to the Legislative Reference Library of Texas, in 1987, then-Gov.

END OF LIFE CARE: Abbott wants to bring back a bill that failed to pass during the regular session seeking to restrict when do-not-resuscitate orders can be carried out on terminally ill patients. Republican Speaker Joe Straus, seen as representing the party's business wing, has said the legislation was unnecessary and could cause economic damage. Things got physical when State Rep. Matt Rinaldi, R-Irving, said he called U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on the protesters.

  • Larry Hoffman