Texas lawmakers soften voter ID law after judge finds bias

Marsha Scott
May 24, 2017

The state house gave final approval on Monday and the bill now goes to the senate - which is also Republican-dominated and expected to back it.

"I'm not certain that we're going home with anything", Huberty said on the House floor late Monday afternoon. Sunday's votes comes after lawmakers in both houses heard testimony from hundreds of trans kids and their families about how unsafe the law could be.

"I'm willing to stay as long and until the place we're staying in ... freezes over, until we get that bill" passed, Patrick said during the bill-signing ceremony, with Abbott seated behind him.

"There is just chaos in Texas right now, and rather than focusing on initiatives that can improve Texas communities and the lives of hardworking families, lawmakers are exhausting themselves by exploring new ways to make life more challenging and even unsafe for LGBT people", Suffredini said.

Following a whirlwind weekend in the Texas Legislature that pushed abortion restrictions, religious objections and a so-called "bathroom bill" toward the desk of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, tired Democrats are sounding a familiar warning: We'll see you in court. The author of the bill, Republican Representative Chris Paddie, said the legislation has "absolutely no intention to discriminate".

Critics call the bill state-funded discrimination. "Otherwise, there will be accommodations made for them to use a single-occupancy facility".

Texas is used to getting dragged into federal courts, which have weakened or dismantled some of the state's most prominent Republican efforts in recent years.

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Conservative politicians in Texas have agitated strongly for the measure despite the backlash against such a law in North Carolina, which involved economic boycotts and attempts to repeal it after it was introduced a year ago. Other major companies such as Apple, Google, and American Airlines have spoken out against the law.

It cost the state at least $3.67 million in business, and a number of high-profile names and companies - including PayPal and Bruce Springsteen - canceled concerts or business plans in the state. "Didn't he notice what happened in North Carolina?".

"While we recognize that the National Basketball Association cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2", the league said in a statement.

Texas continued to hardwire discrimination into the state's DNA on Sunday night, passing legislation which could put the state's hosting of the 2018 NCAA Final Four in San Antonio and other mega-sporting events at risk, if the NCAA possessed anything close to a moral core. "Transgender children aren't bargaining chips for lawmakers to trade, and their safety and dignity are non-negotiable".

And still, despite the Texas amendment's limited scope, not everyone is happy with the compromise.

Opponents of the bills, who say they target vulnerable children, are outraged.

The Texas Association of School Boards, a nonprofit advocacy group established in 1949, has endorsed the transgender bathroom measure. But the Lone Star State's law would likely only apply to public schools, according to a report from ABC News. This year, the Trump administration rescinded the guidance.

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