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Governor suggests ‘bathroom bill’ likely dead — for now

Governor suggests ‘bathroom bill’ likely dead — for now

AUSTIN -- Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday he revived a "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people even though he was told it would never get a vote in the GOP-controlled state House, while signaling that the twice-failed effort is dead for the foreseeable future.

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‘Bathroom bill’ falters for numerous reasons

‘Bathroom bill’ falters for numerous reasons

AUSTIN -- A Texas version of a North Carolina-style "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people again lurched toward defeat Tuesday, leaving Republican Gov. Greg Abbott with little path forward this year over what became one of the most divisive measures in any U.S. legislature.

Senate panel advances bathroom legislation

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Alexa Ura and Emma Platoff

As part of state lawmakers' second attempt at passing a bathroom bill this year, a panel of Senate lawmakers voted Friday to advance a measure to restrict bathroom use for transgender Texans. The 8-1 vote came after almost 10 hours of emotional testimony -- a large majority in opposition -- by transgender Texans, their families and their allies.

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Senate aiming to move bills at breakneck pace

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Will Weissert

AUSTIN -- The Texas Senate staged an unusual midnight floor session Thursday as conservatives who dominate the chamber rushed to revive abortion restrictions, school vouchers and a "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people before opponents have time to mobilize against them.

School groups wary of vouchers

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Robert T. Garrett

AUSTIN -- Many school groups reacted warily Wednesday to Gov. Greg Abbott's revival of private-school vouchers and a ban on union payroll deductions for teachers as agenda items for next month's special legislative session.

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