Also Wednesday, the Senate gave final approval to the bill regulating who can use which bathroom in public buildings. SB 6 by Brenham Senator Lois Kolkhorst would require people to use the bathroom designated for use by the sex on their current birth certificates. Several members rose both in support and opposition to the measure. Those against raised concerns about economic impact of the law, the practice of overriding local ordinances and the impact it could have on the transgender community. “My concern is that Senate Bill 6 would have an unintended consequence of causing great harm to transgender men and women, boys and girls,” said Laredo Senator Judith Zaffirini. Supporters argued it protects women and children, answers an incidence of federal overreach, and creates a state-wide standard that avoids confusion and chaos at local levels. “The state must ensure that we have a fair and reasonable path forward so we do not have the kind of fight we had in Fort Worth in every school board meeting and every city hall across Texas,” said Senator Konni Burton, who represents the school district that sparked a state-wide controversy when they passed guidelines relating to transgender students last year. The bill now heads to the House for consideration.
The Senate will reconvene Monday, March 20 at 2 p.m.