In Texas, another bathroom battle

State. Rep. Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie, chair of the House Democratic Caucus, said he hopes the governor will consider formally adding some Democratic priorities to the special session agenda, criticizing many of the current agenda items as "dangerous", "divisive" or "non-issues". "My campaign is building the largest grassroots army ever assembled in the Lone Star State, with the goal of keeping Texas the brightest beacon of freedom in the country".

The legislation restricts access to places like bathrooms and locker rooms based on the gender listed on people's birth certificates and not the gender with which they identify.

"We need to make sure that we protect the women and young girls and that we provide a system that is safe".

The photo, which was taken during Abbott's San Antonio visit Friday, has since been shared nearly a thousand times on Facebook and garnered some 2,700 likes.

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A group of Texas business leaders urged state lawmakers on Monday to abandon plans to pass a bill to restrict bathroom access for transgender people, calling such a measure bad for the economy.

However, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick rejected the compromise as inadequate.

The Association of Texas Professional Educators helped put on the Texas for Education rally.

Transgender "bathroom bills" have fizzled in deep-red states across America, but the issue is still white hot in Texas.

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A similar law in North Carolina, partially repealed in March, prompted the relocation of sporting events and economic boycotts that was estimated to have cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars. He refused to endorse the bathroom bill for months, then backed only the softened House version. "That is an area we do not want to be in". It's up to 37 field organizers and seven regional directors - a group that helped knock on over 10,000 doors Saturday, according to Abbott's team.

Abbott added that the Texas National Guard serving in support of Operation Secure Texas, that state's border-security mission, would "transition to federal orders" beginning in late July.

Texas will have the same problem.

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