Texas Governor Gives First Clear Support for 'Bathroom Bill'

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His significant endorsement follows months of relative silence over a state Senate measure that would require people to use public bathrooms that correspond with the sex on their birth certificate.

The NBA, NFL and corporate giants including Facebook and Google have previously warned Texas against adopting a bill that was similar to the original North Carolina law.

It remains to be seen whether Abbott's support will have any effect on whether or not bathroom legislation actually makes it to the House floor.

During his introduction of the bill, Huberty noted the state has been sued seven times since 1968 over the school finance system.

Among the details of HB 21 is that the increase per student includes monies in what the state calls transportation funding; however, because it will flow through the basic allotment there will be no restrictions on use, Spratt said. It passed the Texas Senate last month, but the speaker of the house has yet to bring it up for a committee vote. "It's the foundation of our state", Huberty said. The state, which pays the difference, has been decreasing its share over time, instead relying on property tax revenue.

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In session Wednesday, the Senate approved a bill that would permit homeschooled students to participate in UIL public school athletic competitions and other UIL activities.

Still, not everything debated late Wednesday was defeated. Rep. A final, largely formulaic vote Thursday sends it to the Texas Senate.

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But Rodrigues, whose bill relied heavily on recommendations from organizations that fought the constitutional amendment, reminded committee members that marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

Sen. Doug Overbey, R-Maryville, tried to get Hensley to change language in the bill that he thought would give physicians more protections. Bill Flanigan, who was diagnosed a decade ago with testicular cancer, which moved into his lymph nodes four years ago.

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Texas has about 350,000 home-schooled students who are now barred from competing in the University Interscholastic League, the state's governing body for high school sports. It's passed through both houses.

In his letters, he says both the National Basketball Association and NFL have "taken a strong stance over the last several years in opposing similar discriminatory measures". But it also adopted rules that they "evaluate scientific explanations" on the "complexity" of human cells and on the origin of DNA. Some senators believe that amendments to the bill could be a compromise.

"There's lots of people out there that are low income that can't afford their property taxes - we're not helping them".

"The bill takes a strong step toward creating a better school finance system in Texas and would increase our funding for the education of students", he said.

The Senate will reconvene Thursday, April 20 at 11 a.m.

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State Rep. Chris Turner is asking top professional football and basketball leaders to weigh in on the proposed "bathroom bill" in Texas.

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