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Texas Senate Revives Full Bathroom Bill With Late-Night Move

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    Texas' Republican-controlled Legislature is tying itself in knots over a transgender "bathroom bill." (Published Wednesday, May 24, 2017)

    Texas' Republican-controlled Legislature is tying itself in knots over a transgender "bathroom bill."

    The state Senate voted 21-10 vote after 1 a.m. Wednesday to attach rules requiring transgender Texans to use public restrooms corresponding to their birth-certificate gender onto an otherwise unrelated proposal on county governments.

    A full bill doing the same thing cleared the Senate in March but stalled in the House, which instead passed a scaled-back version on Sunday applying only to public schools.

    The late-night maneuver brings the wider bill back for now -- but it's on a bill by a Democrat who won't accept the changes.

    Meanwhile, the House's bathroom bill rules were attached to a separate Senate bill whose author is rejecting them as too watered-down.

    Compromise must be reached before Texas' legislative session ends Monday.

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