Texas House fails to pass Privacy Act

House amendment requires taxpayers to accommodate “transgenders” in public school.

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Don’t be fooled, the Texas House did not pass the Texas Privacy Act this past weekend as media reports indicate if you don’t read the detail. The House did pass, as an amendment to a public school safety bill, language which applies to grade schools and high schools but not colleges and universities. It does nothing to protect businesses from radical local ordinances like that passed in Houston that voters eventually overturned.

The Speaker made it clear that the entire bathroom issue pressed by the homosexual political lobby was much ado about nothing and called efforts to protect the privacy of children and others silly. However, he’s now mildly taking credit for passing something claiming the House version “will allow Texas to avoid the economic backlash that would have greeted Patrick’s preferred measure,” the Austin American-Statesman reported Monday.

“Under [Rep. Chris] Paddie’s amendment, schools would be required to provide for “single-occupancy facilities for use by a student who does not wish to use the facilities designated for use … by persons of the student’s biological sex,” according to the Statesman.

Paddie’s amendment still provides for forced accommodation at taxpayer expense for what is an elective decision by a person.

Paddie’s amendment still provides for forced accommodation at taxpayer expense for what is an elective decision by a person.

Like the Speaker, many House members will try and take credit for doing something. However, you should know that the primary bill, SB 6 that passed the Senate long ago was not even given a hearing in the House. And, that the bill which pre-empts horrible local government ordinances which can force private business people to accommodate the homosexual-lobby or face show trials and fines.

Good for conservative Chris Paddie for getting something through the House, shame on the House for not moving the bill that addresses the much larger and costlier issue.

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