The Brief: Bathroom bill debate looms in the Texas Senate

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What you need to know

Debate on the so-called “bathroom bill” on the Senate floor could begin as early as today. Last week, the legislation survived a marathon hearing during which senators heard 13-plus hours of public testimony from hundreds of Texans, mainly against the legislation. They voted to advance the bill.

Senate Bill 6 would require transgender people to use bathrooms in publicly-owned facilities that match their “biological sex.” Proponents of the bill say it is about privacy, but opponents say the bill is discriminatory.
The bill isn’t exactly the same as the one that state Sen. Lois Kolkhorst first proposed. While the revised version of the legislation remains largely unchanged, it removed a section that would have increased penalties for certain crimes committed in a bathroom or changing facility. Here’s what the whole thing means in plain English.
If it passes the Senate, the bill still has a long road to becoming law. The House isn’t as warm to the bathroom bill. “Clearly, I’m not a fan of the bill that they’re discussing,” House Speaker Joe Straus told reporters last week.

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