Texas Senate approves 'religious refusal' adoption measure

Senate Bill 2078 would require all public and charter school students to use the bathroom or locker room that matches their biological sex, not their gender identity.

The panel's chairman, Dan Huberty, R-Humble, said he was "very disappointed" the Senate stripped much of the House's version of the bill originally meant to begin changing a school funding formula the Texas Supreme Court ruled was constitutional, though Byzantine and in need of fix. Representative Dan Flynn (R-Van) proudly supported the amendment in the name of his constituents and desire for better privacy and safety for the young people in Texas.

Flynn called it protection "from anyone trying to take advantage of the political correctness nonsense that is increasingly pushed upon the majority of Texans who share traditional values".

"I really hope everybody and anybody who is qualified and wants to serve children in Texas will be signing up and feeling free to do that", the lawmaker said.

In offering up an amendment to Senate Bill 2078, Republican state Rep.

Over the weekend, the Texas Senate voted to pass a measure previously approved by the House that allows adoption and child placement agencies to turn away prospective parents based on a caseworker's personal religious beliefs. Moody said, "It takes us to separate but equal bathrooms that we know can never be equal". Sunday, several female Democratic legislators occupied the men's restroom in protest of the anti-trans measure. Critics charge that the opposite is true: they accuse the law's supporters of risking harming transgender children by supporting a discriminatory proposal that singles out already vulnerable students. "Bathrooms divided us then and it divides us now and America has long recognized that separate but equal is not equal at all".

But Paddie, who had briefed colleagues on the amendment before filing it, said the amendment was meant to provide guidance on the issue. Without Patrick's go-ahead, the Republican-controlled Senate will not pass a bill known as the "sunset safety net bill".

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The version the Senate approved after midnight increases classroom funding by only about $500 million, scraps the $210 per-student increase and adds a plan offering taxpayer funds that would go into education savings accounts that some special education students could use to attend private schools.

The bill also would remove from publicly available government databases the home addresses and other personal information for state and federal judges and their spouses. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a proponent of transgender bathroom restrictions, has indicated he'll sign the measure into law. That directive has since been rescinded by the Trump administration.

The Texas Association of School Boards, a nonprofit advocacy group established in 1949, has endorsed the transgender bathroom measure. "The only question is whether Lt. Gov. Patrick considers this to be a 'bathroom bill'".

According to an analysis released by the Associated Press, the legislation cost North Carolina more than $3.76 billion in lost business over the next 12 years, as organizations including the NCAA pulled events out of the state.

The state house gave final approval on Monday and the bill now goes to the senate - which is also Republican-dominated and expected to back it.

And still, despite the Texas amendment's limited scope, not everyone is happy with the compromise.

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