The battle over bathrooms continues to play out during the last few days of the 85th Legislative Session. The latest, Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, said he will reject the House’s proposed compromise that requires public schools to provide single-occupancy bathrooms for transgender students.

The Senate is expected to request a special committee to work out a compromise on the House bill.

Then, around 1:30 Wednesday morning, the Senate added its stricter language of the “bathroom bill” as an amendment to another measure. That version would require transgender Texans to use the public restrooms in government buildings that correspond with their biological sex as stated on their birth certificate. The upper chamber still has to give it final approval. The rules were attached to a bill by a House Democrat who says he won’t accept the changes.

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick has made passing a “bathroom bill” a priority this session. He even said he would force a special session if it didn’t get passed. After the House passed its version of the bathroom legislation, Patrick said it didn’t appear to do much. Meanwhile, Governor Abbott has said he wants the two chambers to work it out and pass a bill before session ends.

The last day of the legislative session is Monday.


Posted by Karina Kling



We’ll have more on this developing story tonight at 7 on Capital Tonight.