Texas business leaders call on lawmakers to drop 'bathroom bill'

Houston Matters host Craig Cohen talks it over with Nancy Beck Young, professor of history at the University of Houston, and Jon Taylor, political science professor at the University of St. Thomas.

"Abbott, and especially Patrick, are not honest". Rallying teachers added they want legislators in office to take public school funding seriously.

"The ones five years and under are gone".

The legislation restricts access to places like bathrooms and locker rooms based on the gender listed on people's birth certificates and not the gender with which they identify.

"A bonus is not a pay raise". Veteran educator Suzi Kelley says it doesn't add up.

So why are we still talking about it?

Though they trotted out an ambitious list of legislative priorities, Democrats will likely spend much of the next month playing defense against measures like the so-called "bathroom bill", a special session priority for Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick that Democrats have called discriminatory.

Texas Bathroom Battle Divides GOP as House Speaker Gets Targeted
Texas State Representative, Cole Hefner

Inside the Capitol, House and Senate Democrats held their own gathering.

Later, she posted the shot with the words #BATHROOMBUDDY on her social media pages, pointing out the obvious: Thanks to the politician's backing of the controversial "Bathroom Bill", she and Abbott have to use the same restroom.

"They help with mitigating climate extremes, they keep the city cooler, better shaded, they add quite an aesthetic beauty to it", said Halfin.

"We're going to be spending taxpayer dollars for 30 days".

"That are not divisive, that are not contentious, that in fact move people's lives forward". In 2014, Collier challenged incumbent Glenn Hegar in the race for state comptroller, receiving 37 percent of the vote to Hegar's 58 percent.

The Texas Military Department said on Monday it's been allotted that money from the federal government to continue its border security efforts through the end of the current fiscal year. The Texas Senate had passed a strict version in March, but the more-moderate House - led by vocal bathroom bill opponent Republican Speaker Joe Straus - balked and approved a watered-down version applying only to public schools.

  • Leon Brazil