Top Stories: 'Bathroom Bill' Opponents Voice Their Concerns; How Are State Reps Paid? | KERA News

Top Stories: 'Bathroom Bill' Opponents Voice Their Concerns; How Are State Reps Paid?

Jul 21, 2017

The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

Hundreds of people lined up today in Austin to oppose a so-called "bathroom bill."

The measure would require transgender people to use public restrooms corresponding to the gender on their birth certificates.

The Senate State Affairs committee heard arguments on the bill for several hours. Despite the opposition, the Republican-led committee wants to approve the bill as soon as possible and set up Senate passage.

Other stories this evening:

  • All this week, we’ve partnered with public radio stations across Texas to answer your questions about the special session. We wrap up our Texas Decides series with a look at how our state representatives are paid. Houston Public Media’s Jen Rice reports. 
  • A painting exhibition valued at one billion dollars. That's a far cry from when Michael Auping started in art museums 40 years ago. Auping, the longtime chief curator of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, retired recently. He curated some of the Modern's landmark shows, including the first Texas exhibition of British painter Lucian Freud. For this week's State of the Arts, Auping sat down with Art&Seek’s Jerome Weeks to reflect on the big pressures he sees in today's museum world.

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