Texas set to pass transgender bathroom law for schools

May 23, 2017, 01:26

The issue remains that many lawmakers in Straus's House do not want to vote on the bathroom bill.

Supporters of the measure say LGBT couples will be able to find agencies without religious objections, but critics call is state-funded discrimination.

"We're trying to fill a lot of different needs in the bill and we're trying to keep our costs down", Taylor said while introducing the bill. The first piece of legislation that Patrick is demanding the House pass is the controversial bill that would require Texans to use the bathroom of the gender they were born with.

The original House plan sought to increase annual, per-student funding about $210 to $5,350, while raising funding for school district transportation and educating dyslexic students - increasing totally spending by $1.6 billion.

Advocates say parents should not be trapped in a school that is failing them, while opponents argue vouchers would drain public funds from public schools.

"In the middle of the night, the Texas Senate voted for a voucher scheme that will rob taxpayer money from public schools and give it to private schools", said Ann Beeson, executive director of the left-leaning policy group the Center for Public Policy Priorities. "But now that Patrick's Senate has mangled it, HB 21 is no longer about school finance".

The bill includes other provisions, protecting the rights of foster and adoptive parents to send their children to religious schools and ensuring that there would be no "adverse action" against a foster parent or adoptive parent who refuses to help a child acquire birth control or an abortion. "Now it is simply a voucher scheme that hands public dollars, with zero accountability, to private schools".

Frank said faith-based agencies make up about 25 percent of all adoption agencies in the state.

"This is like the camel with its nose under the tent", said Dallas Democratic Sen. The bill now goes to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott for his consideration. The House voted overwhelmingly earlier this year to ban funding a voucher program in the next biennium, sending a message to the Senate that a school voucher bill would be dead on arrival in the House.

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