The Texas House of Representatives approved legislation that will ban transgender students from using the restroom that aligns with their gender identity. The bill was attached as an amendment to an unrelated school hazard preparedness bill Sunday night, and won final approval from the Republican-led House with a 94-51 vote. It is highly likely the bill will pass the Republican Senate.
Governor Abbott is expected to sign the bill if it reaches his desk. If the bill becomes law, Texas would be the only state with legislation restricting bathrooms for transgender schoolchildren. The law would require schools to provide alternative accommodations for students, who don’t feel comfortable using the bathrooms that align with their biological sex. And it would require the states attorney general to defend schools facing legal actions.