Of the many legislative priorities that had been discussed throughout the 87th Legislative Session, perhaps none has been more perplexing and mired in political double-speak than legislation related to protecting children and prohibiting gender modification.
It is a topic that should alarm anyone who values protecting the most vulnerable among us. The uncomfortable truth is the majority of Texans likely do not even know it’s an issue at all, and it seemed that most lawmakers would rather communicate empty platitudes of support than actually get the problem solved.
The 87th Legislative Session has concluded. Six bills were filed to address the RPT legislative priority issue, but not one of them made it through the legislative process in a Republican-controlled Legislature with Republican leaders.
At the end of the day, the Texas Senate passed two bills relating to children and gender modification, enabled by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. Both of those bills went through the Senate State Affairs Committee chaired by Republican State Sen. Bryan Hughes (Mineola). They were authored by Republican State Sens. Charles Perry (Lubbock) and Bob Hall (Edgewood).
The Texas House of Representatives was seemingly reluctant to act. Of the two Senate bills that were passed, they chose not to hear either of them. The one House bill that did get placed on a calendar, authored by Republican State Rep. Matt Krause (Haslet), was buried at the end of a calendar against one of the several self-imposed deadlines in the House. House Speaker Dade Phelan delayed referring one of the bills that had passed the Senate until it was too late. House Calendars Committee Chairman State Rep. Dustin Burrows (R–Lubbock) aided in slow-walking the House bill that made it to his committee. The House Public Health Committee, chaired by State Rep. Stephanie Klick (R–Ft. Worth) chose
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