Texas House One Step Closer to Passing Ban on Texting While Driving

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Eddie Lucio Jr. of Brownsville - voting in favor of the bill.

Senate Bill 6 dubbed the "bathroom bill", which would require transgender people to use the bathroom in public schools, government buildings and public universities that matches their "biological sex" got voted out of that chamber this week.

The measure would require people to use public bathrooms that correspond with the sex on their birth certificate.

Allowing transgender people to use public bathrooms corresponding to their gender identity rather than their birth gender has become the latest flashpoint in the long US battle over lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights.

Before passing the bill, senators considered 22 amendments.

The bill comes with a poison pill for the state. "TAB remains committed to fighting and defending the Texas economy against bills that discriminate and run counter to Texas values", Wallace said. But Republican House Speaker Joe Straus has publicly and repeatedly denounced the proposal as bad for business.

Democratic state senators grilled her for hours, asking how such a bill would be enforced and pointing out that predators have not used such policies as cover for illegal actions in the past. "They've made light of the issue, accusing us of wasting time", she said on the Senate floor according to KVUE.

Matt McTighe, executive director of Freedom for All Americans, said in a statement the legislation will "hurt transgender people - especially transgender kids - all across Texas". John Crane, R-Avon. "As I understand, the original pilot was to go to 12 years with a first five-year reporting, five-year pilot".

"I do not have an easy answer for you", Kolkhorst replied.

Democrats also raised concerns about the legislation's "unintended consequences", with San Antonio Democrats raising concerns about the 2018 Men's Final Four slated to be held in San Antonio. The procedure is already prohibited by federal law, and Schwertner said he wants to align state and federal statute, allowing Texas law enforcement to prosecute cases.

The bill is similar in nature to one passed in North Carolina that has been estimated to have cost the state $5 billion in revenue, according to the Charlotte Observer.

That included championship game cancellations by the NCAA, which has stayed out of the Texas debate. Republicans are pushing efforts they say protect fetuses, which comes after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a major Texas anti-abortion law last summer that was sold as protecting women's health. Cisgender. Transgender. How many genders are there? Jose Rodriguez, a Democrat, called the legislation a result of "lack of understanding" and fear of transgender people.

Many critics of the bill are anxious about the bill will drive away businesses and special events.

The measure, House Bill 62, prohibits the use of "a portable wireless communication device to read, write, or send an electronic message while operating a motor vehicle". It must still face a final vote, likely early next week.

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