LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — UPDATE-3 June 2, 2015. According to blogger Monica Roberts, Texas’ various anti-trans bills, including “bathroom bills” have failed to become law following the end of the Texas legislative session. This means “bathroom bills” in all 5 states have failed.
UPDATE-2 May 1, 2015: Minnesota’s Bathroom Bill was killed by Democrats in the state Senate 25-40. Three Republicans joined the Democrats in opposing the measure, while one Democrat voted for the measure.
This just leaves one state with a pending Bathroom Bill — Texas. Stay tuned.
t/h Mika Ellen Orzech
UPDATE April 28, 2015: Florida’s Bathroom bill is dead. This from The Advocate: “The office of Florida State Rep. Frank Artiles confirms his controversial bill, aimed to punish anyone who uses a public bathroom that doesn’t match the sex they were assigned at birth, is dead — and cannot be revived, as this legislative session is over.”
At this writing, apparently only two Bathroom Bills are apparently still in play — one in Texas and the other in Minnesota. The ones in Nevada, Kentucky and now, Florida, are dead.
t/h Mika Ellen Orzech
Original article April 22, 2015: The Nevada legislature Tuesday rejected a proposed Bathroom Bill. Five Republicans joined the Democrats in killing the measure. With a procedural deadline passed, the bill is effectively dead for this session.
One of the prime supporters of the bill, Republican Assemblyman Ira Hansen stated he was pleased to bring the Bathroom Bill to the attention of people in the state and hinted that the measure may become a ballot initiative (see California below).
During debate on the bill before the vote, Democratic Assemblyman Elliot Anderson argued against the bill: “This bill is a bill in search of a solution to a non-existent state problem. It will be litigated, and it will cost the state money.” At least 5 Republicans agreed, ensuring defeat of the bill.
If I’m correct, in the Bathroom Bill whack-a-mole game, Kentucky and Nevada are out, while Texas, Minnesota and Florida are still in play.
In California, a trans-hate group, the Pacific Justice Institute is trying to get a ballot initiative started that would reward citizens with a $4,000 bounty if they catch a trans person in their bathroom. It’s too early to tell if they’ve much traction with this. The Southern Poverty Law Center recently added Brad Dacus’ Pacific Justice Institute to their hate group list.
My most recent articles on the 5 Bathroom Bills in play: https://lexiecannes.com/2015/04/03/bathroom-bill-whack-a-mole-kentucky-out-nevada-minnesota-in/
Nevada Bathroom Bill defeat: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Controversial-transgender-bathroom-bill-likely-6214616.php
California ballot initiative: http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2015/04/20/3648783/california-transgender-bathroom/
Bathroom Bill dead in Florida: http://www.advocate.com/politics/2015/04/28/breaking-floridas-trans-bathroom-bill-dies
Bathroom Bill dead in Minnesota: http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/04/minnesota-state-senate-shoots-down-transgender-bathroom-restrictions/
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