Patrick Unveils the Long-Awaited Bathroom Bill

The biggest difference between that bill and the bill is that Patrick will file today, Senate Bill 6, is that it will prevent transgender women from using bathrooms of the gender they identify with, but not transgender men.

Virginia lawmaker Robert G. Marshall has filed to bill to make it harder for trans people to use bathrooms in schools, rest stops, and government buildings.

On Jan. 5, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and state Sen.

In addition to skeptical journalists questioning Patrick's visions of bathroom predators, other critics have said no evidence exists to support his fears. "Common sense used to prevail in these things, but apparently common sense is not so common anymore because we have adults in this society who don't know the difference between male and female".

"The solution found in Senate Bill 6 is both thoughtful and unique", Kolkhorst says. "Texans should feel safe and secure when they enter any intimate facility, so I applaud the work of Lieutenant Governor Patrick and Senator Kolkhorst for fighting to protect women and children from those who might use access to such facilities for nefarious purposes".

Patrick's wide-reaching bill applies to all public accommodation areas in all Texas government buildings, including public education campuses, from elementary schools to colleges and universities.

The bill also will include increased penalties for persons who commit crimes such as assault or being a Peeping Tom in a bathroom, changing room or shower. Both bills are similar to the wave of legislature that arrived past year over 20 states, including Texas (which is hoping to add even more restrictive language).

Officials there argued that private businesses could establish their own practices, but the legislation cost the state millions in cancellations: The NBA announced it would pull an All-Star Game from Charlotte that was scheduled for this year; performers canceled concerts; business expansions were scrapped; and the NCAA moved seven championship games during the 2016-17 school year out of the state.

The legislation regulating bathroom access will also probably reignite the fight over local control when it comes to protections for LGBT residents. Experts estimate the state could lose approximately $8.5 billion dollars annually should the bill pass-presumably for the same reasons North Carolina's economy was hit. Business leaders have said such a law could hurt Texas' economy by making the state appear intolerant.