TEXAS: Senate To Reject “Bathroom Bill” Because It’s Not Cruel Enough, Special Session Vote Possible

The Dallas Morning News reports:

The Texas Senate will reject the so-called bathroom bill passed in the House late Sunday and request a special committee to work out a compromise on the legislation. Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, who authored the original bill, said he would not agree to the changes and would ask the two chambers appoint a conference committee to hash out a compromise.

“We’ll not concur. We’ll go to conference and work on some wording,” Taylor said Tuesday evening. The sticking point, he added, was the House bill did not appear to separate students in bathrooms and locker rooms based on the biological sex on their birth certificates. “It’s been pretty widely reported what they did. It didn’t do what they said it was doing.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick [photo], who heads the Senate, expressed frustration this week that the House’s bill didn’t go further. Gov. Greg Abbott also weighed in on the disagreement, saying he hoped an agreement could be reached before the session ends. Patrick has said he will request a special legislative session if lawmakers fail to pass a bill limiting bathroom use by transgender Texans.

The current session ends on May 29th.