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With just days left in the Texas 2017 regular legislative session, the fate of a so-called “bathroom bill” is still uncertain.

Just after 1 a.m., state Sen. Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) attached an amendment to a House bill in an effort to extend the life of the Senate’s controversial proposal.

Texas Senate Will Reject House's 'Bathroom Bill' Compromise

May 24, 2017
Laura Skelding for The Texas Tribune

The legislative wrangling over where transgender Texans can use the bathroom isn’t over yet.

Shelby Knowles for The Texas Tribune

A proposal to gut cities and school districts’ trans-inclusive bathroom policies did not advance in the House ahead of a crucial deadline, nixing the measure's chances of getting a vote by the full chamber. But that doesn't mean that the issue itself is dead.

Bob Daemmrich for the Texas Tribune

Amid concerns about rolling back local protections for vulnerable Texans and dire economic fallout, a panel of House lawmakers considered a measure into the early hours of Thursday morning that some are hoping will serve as an alternative approach to regulating bathroom use for transgender Texans.

Gov. Abbott Signals Support For 'Bathroom Bill' From Texas House

Apr 18, 2017
Bob Daemmrich for the Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott is signaling support for House legislation that some hope will serve as an alternative to the Senate's "bathroom bill."

Rachel Osier Lindley / KERA News

One of the most heated debates in Austin this legislative session is over Senate Bill 6. Introduced as the Privacy Protection Act, the "bathroom bill" would bar people from using restrooms or locker rooms in schools and other government buildings that don’t match the gender on their birth certificates.

How The Texas 'Bathroom Bill' Compares To North Carolina's Revised Law

Apr 5, 2017
Qiling Wang / The Texas Tribune

Texas Republicans followed North Carolina’s lead earlier this year in unveiling their own “bathroom bill.” Since then, supporters have described the Texas bill as similar to the North Carolina law yet different in important ways.

Texas Cities Predict Dozens Of Events Canceled If 'Bathroom Bill' Passes

Mar 23, 2017
Shelby Knowles for The Texas Tribune

Every three years, the American Public Transportation Association holds an event it calls the APTA EXPO. For its 2026 EXPO, the trade group for the "bus, rapid transit and commuter rail systems industry" had put Dallas on its list of possible destinations, according to city officials, who estimated the event would generate more than $40 million in economic activity.

Texas Senate Tentatively Approves So-Called 'Bathroom Bill'

Mar 14, 2017
Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

The Texas Senate on Tuesday tentatively signed off on the so-called “bathroom bill” on a 21-10 vote with one Democrat — state Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. of Brownsville  — voting in favor of the bill.

Hundreds of people testified at the state Capitol on Tuesday about the so-called “bathroom bill.”

Senate Bill 6 would require transgender people to use bathrooms in public spaces that correspond to the sex they were assigned at birth. It passed out of the Senate Committee on State Affairs hearing, which lasted more than 20 hours, on a vote of 7-1 and will now go to the full Senate for a vote. 

Christopher Connelly / KERA News

A state senate committee takes up Senate Bill 6, the so-called bathroom bill Tuesday. Lt. Governor Dan Patrick has long favored legislation that would require people in public schools and government buildings to use the restroom according to the sex on their birth certificate.  

Lucio, A Democrat, Comes Out In Support Of Bathroom Bill

Mar 6, 2017
Bob Daemmrich for the Texas Tribune

State Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. on Monday came out in support of the so-called "bathroom bill," giving Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick a Democratic supporter in his push for the high-profile legislation. 

In a reversal, the Supreme Court will not decide Gavin Grimm's lawsuit over a school policy that requires students to use the bathroom corresponding to their biological sex. The court was scheduled to hear the case this month.

On Wednesday, the Trump administration made big news regarding the rights of transgender students. But what exactly changed?

The Trump administration is rescinding protections for transgender students in public schools.

The move by the Justice and Education departments reverses guidance the Obama administration publicized in May 2016, which said a federal law known as Title IX protects the right of transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identities.

Stadium Exemption In 'Bathroom Bill' Won’t Be Enough, Opponents Say

Feb 16, 2017
Cooper Neill for The Texas Tribune

As more critics are speaking out against Texas’ “bathroom bill,” concerns about the legislation have largely echoed the anxiety that fueled the economic fallout in North Carolina when it passed similar legislation.

Greg Abbott Blasts NFL For Wading Into 'Bathroom Bill' Debate

Feb 15, 2017
Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune/The National Football League

Gov. Greg Abbott is blasting the NFL for raising the prospect that Texas' so-called "bathroom bill" could impact future events in the state — wading into a debate he has so far mostly steered clear of. 

Stanton J. Stephens / Art&Seek

A group of more than 150 artists, musicians and actors have signed an open letter opposing the so-called “bathroom bill” currently under consideration in the Texas Legislature.

Scott Beale via flickr

At the Texas Capitol in Austin, battle lines are sharpening around one of this year’s biggest fights over social issues. It’s a battle over bathrooms, specifically which bathrooms transgender people should be allowed to use. 

Adrees Latif / Reuters

Almost a week after Houston hosted Super Bowl LI, the NFL has weighed in on what Texas’ so-called “bathroom bill” could mean for future championship football games in Texas.

Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune

In what appeared to be an attempt at a show of force, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Monday once again attacked claims that the proposed “bathroom bill” is bad for business in Texas.

Straus: Legislators Need To Be Careful When It Comes To 'Bathroom Bill'

Jan 18, 2017
Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus on Wednesday further brought the battle lines over the "bathroom bill" into focus, saying lawmakers should be "very careful" about doing anything that makes the state less economically competitive.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Fires Back At Critics Of 'Bathroom Bill'

Jan 11, 2017
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / The Texas Tribune

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick continued to fire back Wednesday at criticism of the so-called "bathroom bill" he has championed, saying its opponents are concentrated in the media and denying that Texas could experience the same economic — and political — fallout North Carolina did when it passed similar legislation. 

With Bathroom Bill, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Plows Into 'Tough Fight'

Jan 8, 2017
Todd Wiseman / Texas Tribune

Eight months ago, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick stormed the Texas GOP convention in Dallas as a man on a mission.

Following North Carolina's Lead, Texas GOP Unveils So-Called 'Bathroom Bill'

Jan 5, 2017
Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

After months of sparring over whether transgender Texans should be allowed to use bathrooms that align with their gender identity, Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Thursday officially set the legislative stage for the debate.

Texas could soon follow in the footsteps of Indiana and North Carolina and pass its own "bathroom bill" in the upcoming legislative session. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has made passage of such a bill, which could require transgender Texans to use the restroom which corresponds to the gender on their birth certificate, a priority.

Illustration by Todd Wiseman

A Texas judge issued an injunction Saturday against a federal mandate aimed to protect transgender people, finding that the federal health rule violates existing law.

Updated at 8:00 p.m. ET

The North Carolina Legislature began a special session on Wednesday morning to vote on the repeal of a controversial state law that limits civil rights protections for LGBT people, but the effort failed by day's end as the Legislature adjourned without passing any bill.

Gov. Greg Abbott On Proposed Bathroom Legislation: Wait And See

Dec 13, 2016
Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott is adopting a wait-and-see approach about anticipated legislation that would prohibit transgender people in Texas from using the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. 

Dan Patrick's Bathroom Priority Is Schools, Incoming Senator Says

Dec 9, 2016
Shelby Knowles / Texas Tribune

An incoming state senator suggested Thursday that Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick will focus on schools, not businesses or sporting venues, as he crafts an already controversial proposal to prohibit transgender Texans from using bathrooms that match their gender identity.

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