Texas takes step toward enacting its own ‘bathroom’ law

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

The state’s House of Representatives added the measure as an amendment to a bill regarding emergency operations in schools. The amendment requires students to use the bathroom of their biological gender in schools.

This is unlike a previous bill in the Texas legislature, which was similar to the North Carolina ‘bathroom’ bill and required people to use the restroom matching their biological gender at all publicly owned facilities. That bill passed the state Senate, but has been held up in the House.

Instead, House lawmakers tacked on the bathroom provisions to SB 2078, a bill meant to outline certain school safety requirements and standards. The bathroom amendment was added as a way to improve the “privacy, dignity and safety” of students, according to the author Republican State Rep. Chris Paddie.


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