May 15, 2019/Media

Texas Republicans Revive Bathroom Bill 2.0 without Public Notice

Today, Texas Republican senators sneakily revived Bathroom Bill 2.0 (Senate Bill 1978) without any public notice. Senate Bill 1978 is discriminatory legislation similar to its Texas House companion that was defeated last week thanks to the work of Rep. Julie Johnson and the Texas LGBTQ Caucus.

From the Dallas Morning News:

  • “The Senate Bill 1978, filed by Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, is the companion bill to Fort Worth GOP Rep. Matt Krause’s House Bill 3172, which was called the “most extreme anti-LGBT” legislation filed this year by gay rights groups.”
  • “On Monday, the Senate waived rules to allow Hughes’ bill to be heard in committee without public notice.”
  • “Later, the committee advanced the bill to the full Senate and placed it on the Senate’s intent calendar for Tuesday.”

Texas Democratic Party Spokesperson Brittany Switzer issued the following statement:

“The fact that Republicans were forced to sneak the Bathroom Bill 2.0 without a hearing tells you everything you need to know about it. Texans want an economy that works for all, not more bathroom nonsense.

“Texas cannot afford discrimination. It’s time for Republicans to let it go. It’s bad for business, bad for Texans, and just downright wrong. Every American deserves equal treatment under the law — no matter who they are or who they love.”