Texas Values and Privacy

On Wednesday night, President Donald Trump announced that his administration will rescind the edict by former President Barack Obama, which mandated that public schools stop designating separate restrooms exclusively for boys and girls.  Obama’s regulations also prohibited public schools from providing individual accommodations for transgender students, as they have always done.

President Trump is right that this is a state issue.  That is why Senator Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, and I have crafted a state policy — the Texas Privacy Act (Senate Bill 6) which reflects Texas values and Texas principles.  The Texas Privacy Act ensures that public schools continue to designate separate restrooms, locker rooms and showers for boys and girls.  It also protects businesses from being forced by local government to change their restroom, shower or locker room policies and ensures that government buildings will maintain separate restrooms, showers and locker rooms for men and women.

I spoke with Jason Whitely on WFAA’s Inside Texas Politics in Dallas about President Trump’s decision and the Texas Privacy Act. You can watch the clip below.

Inside Texas

I also discussed this issue and other work going on in the Legislature on the Trey Ware show in San Antonio last week.  Listen to the full interview below.


Filing of Senate Bill 5 – Voter ID

Last week, Senate Bill 5 – Voter ID  – was filed by Senator Joan Huffman, R-Houston. Nothing is more critical to our democracy than the integrity of the voting process. That’s why I have fought for voter ID since my days as a state senator. Citizens must be able to trust the certified outcome of every election and we must protect the voting rights of every eligible voter in Texas. Read my full statement on Senate Bill 5 here.

Protecting Life
Protecting life is a top priority for me and for many of my colleagues in the Texas Senate. This week, the State Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on Senate Bill 25 – by Senator Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, to end so-called “wrongful birth” lawsuits.  The Business & Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on Senate Bill 20, by Senator Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, which will ensure no one is forced to violate their conscience by paying for someone else’s decision to end an innocent life. Senate Bill 8, by Senator Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, is on the agenda in the Health & Human Resources Committee this week.  Senate Bill 8 will increase criminal penalties for buying or selling human fetal tissue and ban partial birth abortion in Texas.  To follow the progress on this legislation, click here: https://www.legis.texas.gov/MnuMyTLO.aspx

We are continuing to work hard in the Texas Senate to do what you elected us to do and expand and preserve the conservative values Texas was built on.