Texas Governor admits that the bathroom bill failed but he is not going to give up

HOUSTON, TX - MARCH 15: Texas Lt. Govenor Dan Patrick speaks at a watch party for Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on March 15, 2016 in Houston, Texas. Cruz is in a tight race with Donald Trump in the Missouri GOP primary, while Trump took Florida, North Carolina, and Illinois. Gov. John Kasich won his home state of Ohio. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

The Texas legislature usually only meets f or a few weeks once every two years, but the state’s Governor Greg Abbott this year splashed out on a taxpayer-funded special legislative session in order to ram through his political agenda. Abbott insisted that making people using bathrooms only corresponded to their ‘biological sex’ was his top priority. Though politics in the state is heavily dominated by the Republican Party, moderate GOP House Speaker Joe Straus had come out against an anti-trans bill, and had manoeuvred to ensure it would not come to a vote, so the Governor had to admit that his attempt to push the bathroom bill forward was totally unsuccessful. Although, Abbott is not going to reject the idea: “The Speaker made very clear that he opposed this bill and he would never allow a vote to be taken on it. He told me during the regular session that if this came up during the special session, he would not allow a vote on it. And there’s no evidence whatsoever that he’s going to change his mind on it.”


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