How the Texas ‘bathroom bill’ keeps faltering – Los Angeles Times

A Texas version of a North Carolina-style “bathroom bill” targeting transgender people again sputtered out Tuesday, leaving Republican Gov. Greg Abbott with little path forward this year over what became one of the most divisive measures in any U.S. Legislature.

Chances of any last-minute deals extinguished when the House adjourned for good in a special legislative session, and although Abbott could order lawmakers to stay in Austin and try again, he would politically risk a third failed attempt with the rest of the country watching.

Fortune 500 companies, police, and sports leagues including the NFL and NBA have spent the year putting considerable public pressure on Texas to abandon the effort.

But Abbott and other powerful Republicans continued pushing to make Texas the first state to follow North Carolina and impose bathroom restrictions on transgender people in schools and public spaces. This second failure deals a rare loss to social conservatives, who are used to getting their way in Texas.

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