House Republican Plans to File Two Bathrooms Bills During Special Session

AUSTIN — The special legislative session is nearly a month away, but Rep. Ron Simmons is ready to file two different versions of what is likely to be the most controversial measure that lawmakers debate: restricting where transgender Texans can use the bathroom.Simmons, a Republican from Carrollton, told The Dallas Morning News he will file one proposal that will mirror a bill he filed that failed during the regular legislative session — an expansive ban on transgender bathroom use — and another that would apply only to public schools. "I am going to file two versions. One that just does schools and one that does political subdivisions," Simmons said Tuesday, adding that when Gov. Greg Abbott officially notifies the Legislature of his intent to hold a special session, "it will be filed within minutes."  Continue reading...

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