Texas Senate passes draconian transgender bathroom bill after scaremongering campaign

16 March, 2017, 00:44 | Author: Sam Montgomery
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6 after four and a half hours of debate.

If it becomes law, Senate Bill 6, described as a legislative priority of Lt. Gov.

Garcia said that everyone could probably agree on a bill that would keep men out of women's bathrooms, but the bill "isn't that simple", requiring people to use the facilities that correspond with the gender on their birth certificates instead of their gender identity.

According to Time Magazine, Sen.

On Monday, the Congressional Budget Office said the Republican legislation would reduce the ranks of the insured by 24 million in a decade, largely by cutting Medicaid recipients and people buying individual policies. "This is about dressing rooms, lockers, showers and restrooms". Police Executives and the men and women we lead are in the front-lines each and every day and in constant communication with the people we serve and protect. "It's not flawless. It's not easy when we talk about these issues. Or do we internalize something different?" The organization, a statewide union for teachers, registered against the vote, but a representative did not testify before the Senate.

There was some confusion among members of the Senate higher education committee. This bill would permit open discrimination against the transgender community and is antithetical to both Texan and American values.

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"The First Amendment guarantees the right to speak and assemble", the group said in a tweet shortly after the bill passed the Senate.

The North Carolina Senate ignored warnings from business leaders this week, voting to advance the Republican-backed bill, SB 6, by a vote of 21-10. "This measure is another product of [Texas Attorney General] Dan Patrick's anti-LGBTQ agenda, and it's troubling that lawmakers in the Senate can not see it for what it truly is: an attack on their transgender neighbors, coworkers and friends who deserve the same dignity and rights as anyone else". Weaver is hoping that's where it stops. The measure would then go to the House.

Many senators have expressed concerns about the economic backlash Texas faces due to SB 6.

The bill also allows medical professionals, pharmacists, and prosecutors to use the state's KASPER (Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting) database for access to reports of prescription drug abuse.

Nonetheless, experts said the report undercuts Republican claims that the health law's insurance markets are teetering toward collapse, which they say makes repealing the law crucial.

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