Texas House approves ban on texting while driving

The room when the Senate passed SB 798 which would make July 7

Joan Huffman, R-Houston, and Sen.

ON the subject of texting and driving, members tentatively approved the legislation, which will get a final vote in the House before it can proceed to the Senate. Eddie Lucio Jr. from Brownsville voting in favor of the bill.

The bill's supporters argued the legislation is necessary to protect women from men in public bathrooms, while opponents said the bill was an attack on transgender people's desire to use restrooms that correspond with their gender identity. And it would preempt local anti-discrimination laws meant to allow transgender residents to use public bathrooms that match their gender identity.

Wednesday's debate signaled the same reservations some have had about it in the past - whether it's the state's responsibility to regulate texting while driving. As senators first considered the bill, the lieutenant governor would not make predictions.

The primary sponsor of the bill, Republican Sen.

Democratic Rep. Harold Dutton, who voted against the bill, said it "gives police unfettered authority to stop people". Reiterating Republicans' go-to defense of the bill, Kolkhorst repeatedly cited the since-rescinded Obama administration guidelines on accommodating transgender students as proof that Texas needs a statewide policy to keep men and boys out of women's "intimate facilities".

Hundreds of people Wednesday again packed the Texas Capitol to speak against the measure that Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has declared a priority.

This prompted a long line of questioning from Democrats who insisted that the legislation was a solution in search of a problem and would lead to unnecessary economic fallout.

The Senate committee's amendment would also give priority to children in IN foster care to enroll in the state's pre-K program, and remove a provision requiring two annual inspections and a long-term study. House Speaker Joe Strauss, a Republican, has said the bill is a distraction and will be a burden to the state's economy. John Crane, R-Avon. "As I understand, the original pilot was to go to 12 years with a first five-year reporting, five-year pilot". "Nothing is easy about this".

"In 2007, a bill that I carried where an amendment was put on that allowed you to change your birth certificates, that is the remedy to that", Kolkhorst responded. These legislators are supposed to help their constituents, not add to the struggles they already face.

"It's the major cause of accidents and deaths in this country and in this state", he said. "It is vital that SB6 not become law and that the Texas House heed the call of fair-minded Texans, businesses, organizations, conferences, and celebrities who have decried this hateful bill", said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD, in a prepared statement Wednesday.

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