Texas Bathroom Privacy Bill Dies Again

The Texas bathroom privacy bill, meant to keep bathrooms and locker rooms in schools and public buildings designated on the basis of one’s biological sex, has died again. It passed the Senate in July, but it was never referred to the House. The author of the House version of the bill, state Rep. Ron Simmons, attempted to revive the bill as an amendment during a 30-day special session that ended this week, but the session adjourned Tuesday night without any action taken by the House on the bill.

Opposition to the bill came from IBM, the NFL, and Texas-based energy companies Halliburton and ExxonMobil Global Services, which claimed that sex-based bathroom usage was discriminatory and would prevent them from recruiting top talent. Additionally, two prominent WNBA players, Brittany Griner and Layshia Clarendon, co-wrote an op-ed piece for NBC News in opposition to the bill.

But the fight may not be over yet. Whether or not the Texas governor will call another special session is still unknown, but the bathroom privacy bill will likely be reconsidered in the next legislative session. Noted Rep. Simmons, “This issue’s not going to go away just because we don’t handle it in the special session. If we don’t deal with it now, we’re going to have to do it later.”

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