The Texas Senate voted Thursday to expand protections for transgender students in the state.
The bill passed the Senate on a voice vote.
Republican Sen. John Whitmire said he supported the legislation, which he said would give the state the “most robust, most inclusive” transgender-friendly bathroom laws in the country.
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Senate President Joe Straus said he supports the bill, saying it would allow the state to protect its transgender students from bullying and harassment.
The measure was approved by the full Senate on Thursday after a week of heated debate.
“This bill does not infringe on the rights of students to be themselves,” Straus, R-Houston, said.
“It protects our students from discrimination and bullying, and it gives them a place where they can be themselves.
The bills will be considered by the House of Representatives and the Governor in the coming days.”
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