Texas Republicans Unveil Anti-Gay Bathroom Bill Similar To NC's HB2

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Senator Lois Kolkhorst introduced Senate Bill 6 known as the Texas Privacy Act which provides solutions to the federal mandate of transgender bathrooms showers and dressing rooms in all Texas schools. The two legislators

"The solution found in Senate Bill 6 is both thoughtful and unique", Kolkhorst says.

A similar bill was passed in North Carolina forcing transgender people to use the bathroom that correlates to the gender on their birth certificate.

"Transgender people have obviously been going into the ladies' room for a long time, and there hasn't been an issue that I know of", Patrick said at the press conference, according to Austin television station KVUE. "We will not respond to threats from the left-wing national groups that are demanding policies that make no sense and that Texans do not support". "We are on the right side of history". "You can mark today as the day Texas is drawing a line in the sand and saying no".

Lois Kolkhorst filed the "Privacy Protection Act", which would stop cities from enacting a law that prevents businesses from making their own policy to handle transgender restroom use. The bill, which allows schools to make special accommodations, would authorize the attorney general to levy a civil penalty if they do not follow the regulations. It would prohibit people from using a bathroom of the opposite sex.

It also appears to essentially exempt convention centers, stadiums and entertainment venues. In a disturbing statement, Kolkhorst also said, "the responsibility falls on all of us to protect citizens and ensure that their personal and private rights are secured", suggesting, if not advocating for, "concerned" citizens to take matters into their own hands.

But critics ranging from the LBGT community to the powerful Texas Association of Business have denounced such legislation as discriminatory and unfriendly to trade and tourism. "And I would hope most lawmakers could take a stand on the legislation and oppose it exclusively for those reasons".

The estimate follows what happened when a similar bill was filed in North Carolina. "That's something that can't be ignored", Smith said.

Patrick said the law is meant to keep predators from abusing local laws that allow transgender people to use the restroom of the gender with which they identify.

A gender-neutral bathroom sign is posted at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, United States on May 20, 2016.

Patrick leaned heavily on HERO's demise on Thursday in arguing that public opinion is on his side, but it remains unclear how far Patrick's proposal, which he's listed among his top legislative priorities, could go in the Republican-controlled Legislature. Even Republican House Speaker Joe Straus said such legislation was not his "most urgent concern".