Texas Senate Passes Religious Adoption Bill

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Similar laws have been passed in five other states, but Texas' proposal, modeled after a South Dakota law, would extend to state-funded agencies.

The House is expected to reject Senate changes.

And lawmakers weren't done.

The House voted 91-50 to amend Senate Bill 2078, which focuses on schools' emergency plans, to include a clause requiring transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their "biological sex", the Texas Tribune reports. The measure now goes back to the Senate, which previously approved a broader version mandating that standard for everyone using public restrooms.

Patrick, who had threatened to do what he could to force a special session if transgender bathroom prohibitions were not passed into law, declared himself unimpressed with the House effort.

ANCHIA: Discrimination in any form is still discrimination, and it needs to be called out as such. That would send the bill to conference committee, where differences will have to be reconciled before the legislative session ends next week.

"As a governmental entity, Texas is bound to treat people equally under the law", Catherine Oakley of the Human Rights Campaign told the newspaper. "I will continuously support legislation such as this that protects the safety and security of women and children", said Representative Flynn. Pharmacists refuse to fill birth control and hormone therapy prescriptions. "Only South Dakota's is similarly sweepingly", the Dallas Morning News reported earlier this month.

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Representative Chris Paddie authored the bill and claims it has "absolutely no intent" to discriminate. Texas was unable to implement the 2011 voter ID law due to pre-clearance until 2013, when the Supreme Court gutted the VRA formula that put Texas and other states with a history of racially discriminatory voting practices under the pre-clearance regime. "In fact, it makes sure there are reasonable accommodations for all children".

Texas moved one step closer Sunday night to enacting its own version of North Carolina's controversial "bathroom" bill.

By focusing on schools, Texas is hoping to avoid boycotts that hurt North Carolina.

This year, 16 states have considered introducing "bathroom bills", according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, and 14 have mulled legislation to limit the rights of transgender students. "She's not asking for special treatment".

"The so-called bathroom amendment approved by the house last night is billed as a compromise, but there can be no compromise on discrimination".

Taylor stripped the bill of several of the original tweaks from the House that were meant to either simplify the funding formulas or allocate money to specific student groups - he said they would cost too much money. Abbott already has signed a bill banning sanctuary cities. Sunday, several female Democratic legislators occupied the men's restroom in protest of the anti-trans measure.