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May 4, 2021      1:03 PM

Texas House Public Education votes down SB29, the transgender sports bill

The bill failed to pass after a vote at the end of today's Public Ed meeting

Democrats failed to soften the blow of the transgender UIL bill in the House Public Education Committee this morning, but then managed a swift kill of the bill altogether when it came to the final vote.

Rep. Ken King, R-Canadian, needed a 7-vote majority to pass his bill out of committee That didn’t happen when Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Kingwood, declined to vote on any of the bills that were up for a vote and Chairman Harold Dutton, D-Houston, voted present.

That gave the committee a final vote of six Democrats against five Republicans. Without a majority, the bill was declared dead. There was, however, chatter around midday that the bill could still be revived.

It’s that time of session, after all.

By Kimberly Reeves

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