HB2 Redux: Texas legislators submit Anti LGBT Bills

Texas

LT Gov. Dan Patrick and Republican Senator Lois Kolkhorst

A pair of bills submitted to the Texas state legislature would if passed make government inaccessible for transgender adults and school little more than a dream for Texas transgender children.

SB6 submitted by Kolkhorst and championed by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick would require people use only restroom and showers which correspond to the sex indicated on their birth certificate. The law which would affect schools and state buildings prohibits local governments from passing LGBT-inclusive ordinances.

Judge and prosecutor.

The state attorney General would be tasked with determining culpability based on a complaint. The fine for the first violation would be between $1,000 and $1,500. The second violation would be between $10,000 and $10,500. Each sequent day in violation would be an individual fine between $10,000 and $10,500 dollars.

Sec. 12.501. PENALTY IF OFFENSE COMMITTED ON PREMISES OF
BATHROOM OR CHANGING FACILITY. (a) If it is shown on the trial of
an offense described by Subsection (b) that the offense was
committed on the premises of a bathroom or changing facility:
(1) the punishment for an offense, other than a first
degree felony, is increased to the punishment prescribed for the
next higher category of offense; or
(2) if the offense is a first degree felony, the
minimum term of confinement for the offense is increased to 15
years.

Wall Street Journal reports that Texas State Senator, Lois Kolkhorst, a Republican and the bill’s chief sponsor, said the legislation was in response to guidelines issues by the Obama administration last year, urging schools to let students use bathrooms that correspond to their gender identities.

“I’m filing this legislation not to start a controversy, but to end one and give solutions to a very tough issue,” she said.

The Texas Association of Business, the state’s chamber of commerce, staunchly opposes the legislation, and said it would do economic damage if passed.

“All Texans care deeply about safety and privacy, but Senate Bill 6 isn’t about either of those things,” said Chris Wallace, President of the Texas Association of Business (TAB), which leads the Keep Texas Open for Business coalition. “Senate Bill 6 is discriminatory and wholly unnecessary legislation that, if passed, could cost Texas as much as $8.5 billion in GDP and the loss of more than 185,000 jobs in the first year alone.”

Sen. Bob Hall prefilled SB92 last year for this session. According to the John Wright at the New Civil Rights Movement this bill would nullify all previously passed city and county LGBT-inclusive ordinances.

Transphobic bigot Lt Gov Patrick began the presser by insulting the legacy of Martin Luther King by quoting him before introducing legeislation that results in murders of black transgender people.

Kelli Busey
Editor in Chief at

Kelli Busey an outspoken gonzo style journalist has been writing since 2007. In 2008, she brought the Dallas Advocate on-line and has articles published by the Reconciling Ministries Network, The Transsexual Menace, The Daily Kos, Frock Magazine the TransAdvocate, the Dallas Voice and The Advocate. Kelli, an avid runner is editor in chief at Planet Transgender which she founded in 2007.

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