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Texas Take


Jan 6, 2017

 

The "Texas Privacy Law," legislation that was known at various times in the past year as the Transgender Bathroom Bill and the Women's Privacy Act, has finally been filed -- setting up what promises to become one of the most contentions issues of the upcoming legislative session.

Texans will have to use the restroom for the gender on their birth certificate, and violators could face hefty fines enforced by none other than Attorney General Ken Paxton, who would become the state's top cop for toilets in government buildings and schools.

Those who commit crimes in the wrong head could face enhanced penalties. Read that 15 years in prison for some violations.

If that weren't enough to hold the Legislature's attention, state revenues promise to billions of dollars short of what state programs need, a proposal to require burial of fetal remains and other controversies promise to rachet up the debate under the Pink Dome when lawmakers convene next Tuesday for their every-other-year meeting.

Get the bottom line on what's getting ready to happen, and to whom.

Texas politics are never boring. Get the inside scoop and behind-the-scenes insights about the upcoming legislative session  in this week's Texas Take: The Podcast -- the leading political podcast in the Lone Star State.