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March 14, 2017      5:23 PM

Texas Senate gives tentative approval to SB 6 21 to 10

The Senate gives initial passage to Senate Bill 6, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s so-called “bathroom bill” moving it to engrossment with a vote of 21-10. The Senate is expected to take it up for final passage Wednesday. 

A few amendments made their way onto the bill, including two from Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr, the only Democrat to support the proposal. One of his amendment ups the age that a parent can accompany their child into the bathroom from 8 years old to 10. His other amendment requires anyone making a complaint must give a sworn statement or affidavit.

A third amendment by Sen. Brian Birdwell exempts private entities contracting or leasing with school districts or charter schools from the portion of the law dictating that “each multiple-occupancy bathroom or changing facility accessible to students and located in a school or school facility be designated for and used only by persons based on the person's biological sex.”

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