Texas House Passes Version of NC’s ‘Bathroom Bill’

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The Texas House has passed a version of North Carolina’s ‘bathroom bill’, but this one is specific to schools.

An amendment, SB 2078, was attached as an amendment to an unrelated education bill SB 4180.

SB 2078 will require schoolchildren who claim to be transgender to use the bathroom of their biological sex, or use a single-occupancy facility.

The Texas House appears to be reinforcing Title IX guidelines already in place which allow for separate accommodations to be made available if necessary.

The author of SB 2078 is Rep. Chris Paddie (R- District 9). Paddie stated that this amendment was, “absolutely about child safety.”

Texas legislators have been attempting to enact some form of bathroom legislation, but the latest attempts were characterized to be ‘dead on arrival’ by national LGBT activists, including the Human Rights Campaign.

The Other Bathroom Bills

Sen. Lois Kolkhorst (R- District 18) has been a driving force behind the bathroom fight in Texas and an is the author of SB 6, a bill similar to that of North Carolina’s House Bill 2 (HB2).

In March, Texas Lt. Governor Patrick held a press conference about Senate Bill 6, known as the Texas Privacy Act.

Lt. Governor Dan Forest
Lt. Gov. Dan Forest

North Carolina’s Lt. Governor Dan Forest attended the press conference with Patrick.

“It’s not an issue about the transgender community, it’s not an issue about the LGBT community,” said Lt. Governor Forest. “This is an issue about privacy and safety and protection for all people.”

“Texas, like North Carolina, is a state of reasonable accommodation,” said Forest.

Read:  NC Lt. Governor Forest Goes to Bat for TX Senate Bill 6

Lt. Governor Forest later testified in front of the Texas Legislature about the economic attacks on the state over HB2.

In his testimony, Forest dispelled media narratives that businesses were leaving the state and incorrect reporting about the economic impact of HB 2 being ‘catastrophic’.

Read:  Lt. Governor Forest Testifies at the Texas Legislature [Video]

Forest stunned the panel of legislators by revealing that the most extreme estimate for loses from HB2 was less than one tenth of one percent of the state’s annual GDP, which is estimated at $510 billion.

When ranked by size of GDP, North Carolina had the fastest growing economy in the nation in the 3rd quarter of 2016 – representing a 4.7% increase from the third quarter two years earlier.

Lt. Governor Forest added that the one tenth of one percent figure did not take into account growth figures which would counteract potential losses.

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