Texas "bathroom bill" could cost state more than $3 billion

Political infighting halted past efforts to enact such a rule, including an intense push previous year that went nowhere despite support from public safety employee labor unions, the governor, and various lawmakers, Democrat and Republican.

That study was criticized by supporters of the Senate bill, who argued that it overstated the detrimental financial impact of the bill.

The committee substitute, or revised version of Senate bill 2119, would not require public universities to take any more than 30 percent of students automatically accepted.

In the Senate, Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island) has struck the idea from his bill, explaining it imposes undue barriers for terminal patients or those that simply move to a new doctor. The proposal doesn't include the most well-known part of the old North Carolina law: the requirement that people use bathrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificate.

The proposals are akin to Diaz's original school testing legislation, called the "Fewer, Better Tests" bill, which would have allowed the state to swap out the SAT/ACT in place of standardized tests and would have cut testing time from nine weeks to three weeks.

Rachel Gonzales fears the bill, also known as the 'Texas Protection Act, ' could put her transgender daughter in harm's way, and make Libby a target for discrimination.

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The House State Affairs Committee took up House Bill 2899 last in Wednesday night's hearing and began to take public testimony shortly before midnight. He said Wednesday that experience propelled the issue to passage this year.

The Texas House adopted the amendment 90-52. Speakers and participants holding placards want Senate Republicans to pass the House measure easing restrictions on student-teacher ratios in kindergarten through third grade.

"Their response in Texas was to create a bill that really expands the power of the state government to tell people what bathrooms they're allowed to use", Giovanetti said. "What we can hope for is people see reason, and if they won't, then they'll have to see us in court".

Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Houston, center, talks with Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, left, and Rep. Diego Bernal, D-San Antonio, right, on the house floor Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Austin, Texas.

The bill also drew the ire of some tea party-backed Republicans.

The NCAA had staged among the most visible boycotts in North Carolina, pulling seven championships events out of the state previous year.

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