The Texas House Public Education Committee held an unrecorded unannounced meeting this morning, April 7th, and voted without public comment to pass the transgender sports ban.
When members of the House Public Education committee — made up of six Democrats and seven Republicans — took up sports bill SB 29 on Tuesday, it failed to garner enough votes to advance to the full chamber, the Texas Tribune reported.
In a profound act of treachery House Committee on Public Education Chair revived the bill Friday morning in a meeting without a Livestream, for an 8-5 upvote. The Dallas News reports that this vote appears to be an act of retaliation by Chair Rep. Harold Dutton, D-Houston, against his own party.
Before calling the proposal to another vote, Dutton noted a bill he authored that would essentially guarantee the ouster of Houston ISD’s school board. The bill was sent back to committee Thursday after a point of order was sustained as it faced opposition from fellow Democratic lawmakers.
“I don’t know how big this problem is, and I wish I did because I’d be in a better position to make this vote,” Dutton said. “But I can tell you this: The bill that was killed last night affected far more children than this bill ever will.”
Dutton added, “So as a consequence, the Chair motions that Senate Bill 29 as substituted be reported favorably to the full House … Show the Chair voting aye.”
The scheduled public hearing Rep Dutton held previously for the House version was attended by 60 Texans who adamantly voiced opposition to the discriminatory bill. The 10 or so individuals who testified in favor of it were all from out-of-state hate groups. They and the sponsor of the bill could not name a single reason for the bill’s existence.
The Texas legislature had until Monday morning to pass a bill out of committee for a vote on the floor. The Texas Legislature has a Republican majority and will surely put it on Greg Allotts desk. Abbot said earlier this week that he will sign the bill when it gets to his desk.
Dutton, you knew exactly who you are hurting. Children. Transgender School Children. Don’t lie. Sixty of us explained that to you. You are going against the will of the people.