Legislators file Texas ‘bathroom bill’

State Senator Lois Kolkhorst filed Senate Bill 6, the “Texas Privacy Act,” at the Texas State Capitol Thursday.

As reported by KVUE-TV, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick is championing the law in hopes that it will have more success than the one enacted in North Carolina, which is now facing an appeal.

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

“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. “But if laws are passed by cities and counties and school districts that allow men to go into a bathroom because of the way they feel, we will not be able to stop sexual predators from taking advantage of that law, like sexual predators take advantage of the internet.”

The bill states that government buildings, public schools and universities have dressing rooms, locker rooms and bathrooms designated for use based on a person’s biological sex and clarifies that a person must go by the sex listed on their birth certificate. The bill also states schools can make individual accommodations for transgender people.

Various lawmakers and advocates have come forward with both support for and against the bill.