Texas Republicans pushed closer to a law that allows publicly-funded foster care and adoption agencies to refuse to place children with non-Christian, unmarried or gay prospective parents because of religious objections.
As The Texas Tribune reports, Patrick has put out a list of bills he expects the House to pass.
Representative Chris Paddie authored the bill and claims it has "absolutely no intent" to discriminate. It included measures allowing bathroom vigilantes to file complaints with the Texas Attorney General's Office if they saw "men in women's restrooms", and the AG would actually use law-enforcement resources to investigate the jurisdiction and see if it had an illegal non-discrimination ordinance in place, such as the failed Houston Equal Rights Ordinance. Republican Senator Charles Perry said his bill "is not discriminatory", while Republican Senator Van Taylor said "a parent has a right to raise their child in the religion they see fit".
The move means transgender students likely wouldn't be permitted to use the bathroom of their choice but could be directed to separate, single-occupancy restrooms.
Senate Bill 2, as passed by the Senate, would lower the rollback tax rate to 5 percent from the current 8 percent cap.
Democratic state Representative Senfronia Thompson noted this issue, drawing comparisons between the bill and Jim Crow-era laws enforcing segregation between races.
"I happened to be a part of this society during a period of time in this state and in this country when we had "separate but equal" and I remember those days".
Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has said he wants to sign a bathroom bill into law. "But it doesn't take the next step that the district require any particular person use any particular facility", said Joy Baskin, director of legal services at the Texas Association of School Boards.
The Texas House officially approved the bill Monday, with almost every Republican voting in favor. This year, the Trump administration rescinded the guidance.
The Texas House approved a bathroom bill on Sunday.
The Texas House has given final approval to a scaled-back version of a hotly debated transgender "bathroom bill" similar to one in North Carolina that caused national uproar a year ago.
Since Abbott signed the sanctuary city bill, the American Civil Liberties Union and big Texas cities have pledged lawsuits, while the state in turn has pre-emptively asked a federal court to declare the law constitutional.
Other opponents promised to fight the amendment in court. He said the goal is to protect students and treat all equally.
"No amount of discrimination is acceptable", Equality Texas said in a statement on Sunday night.