21 July, 2017
"We've worked very carefully on this and I will tell you that this version of any extension is the only version which reflects exactly what the Governor has asked us to do", said the Round Rock Republican. It's a critical step before the Governor will allow lawmakers to start working on 19 other items: including the controversial "Bathroom Bill".
Smith said the photo shows that "sometimes it's not really apparent who transgender people are".
Smith took the photo on Friday after Abbott held a rally in San Antonio to announce his re-election bid.
The Texas Legislature debated the so-called bathroom bill during its last session. "I am glad the governor added this to the call as he recognizes we need school finance reform to accomplish property tax reform".
Smith feels encouraged by people's positive comments, saying most Texans are interested in other issues and "don't care where I use the bathroom". 6 is a bathroom bill that would force Texans to use public restrooms and locker rooms that coincide with the assigned, biological sex on their birth certificate. "We will work to get a bill to my desk".
The Associated Press estimated that had that bill not been repealed as it was on 30 March, it would have cost the state more than $3.7 billion over the next decade because sports teams, advertisers, and companies were pulling business from the state.More news: Research raises hopes for gonorrhea vaccine
Similar to a North Carolina law, S.B. "North Carolina is doing just fine", Patrick said.
Supporters, like Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, say the bill protects the privacy of women and children.
"I think it would be a disaster", Smith said.
Major corporations have publicly opposed the Texas bill.
A 2016 survey conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality compiled the results of over 27,000 people in the U.S. and found that almost 60 per cent of transgender Americans avoid using public restrooms because they either fear confrontation or have experienced verbal and physical abuse.
"I've gotten really hundreds and hundreds of really friendly and positive messages from people", Smith said.