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Texas bill could deny transgender wrestler title defense

11 May 2017

Texas is proposing a bill that could keep transgender students out of high school sports.

As the bill advances through the Texas Legislature, the Automotive Service Association (ASA) warned: "The time to stop these bills and save Texas's safety inspection program is growing short".

The Texas Senate has tentatively approved a bill which would allow a transgender wrestler to be banned form competing.

It is the latest in a string of controversial measures that opponents say unfairly target LGBT people, immigrants and religious minorities. "And when you're made aware of it, you take action, you investigate, and you give your report to TEA and report it to local authority".

Hall argued that the bill wasn't meant to ban trans students, but to keep things "safe and fair".

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Representative Ken King (R-Hemphill) sponsored the bill and said it is necessary to protect Texas students.

The Houston Chronicle reported the measure, Senate Bill 1942, passed on a 25-6 vote in the Republican-controlled Senate, after an amendment was shot down that would have mandated the guns be securely stored in the vehicles. "So when I hear Mayor Adler or somebody else make those statements, it's just not true", Bettencourt said.

The UIL prohibits steroids use, but Texas has a "safe harbor" provision that allows transgender students undergoing hormone therapy treatments under the direction of a doctor to compete.

The new bill would eliminate that.

The group said the state of Texas discriminates by letting kids play only according to the gender on their birth certificates. "Transgender people are no different".

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"A lot of it has to do with the political climate", Garcia said. "We're not. We pass a balanced budget every year". The bill passed out of the Senate in early March.

"It's disrespectful that mayors and county judges and the commissioners and your lobbyists want to characterize this bill in the exact same fashion as the way it's been managed by the Senate", Bonnen said.

"Deadline Day" always comes with drama, from arguments to cheers and tears, as parliamentary maneuvers and bickering lead to the death of many otherwise worthy House bills. Dan Patrick - which would regulate bathroom use in government buildings, public schools and universities based on "biological sex", keeping transgender Texans from using bathrooms that match their gender identities.

It is also possible that Gov. Greg Abbott could call a special session if the efforts are unsuccessful through the legislative session, although that option seems less likely.

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Texas bill could deny transgender wrestler title defense