Texas governor gives first clear support for 'bathroom bill'

Critics of the legislation say it has merely become a "train" bill like the Senate proposal, which has added various other provisions on top of the testing elimination like mandatory recess, which has had issues moving through the Senate.

Technically, they could return later in the legislative session.

Proposed by State Sen. Randolph Bracy, D-Orlando, who was chosen to run the committee this session by the Senate's Republican leadership.

"This is a way for the State to go to bat for a particular company, in my point of view, and they're trying to override lots of local ordinances and we're helping one company out and I think that's wrong", Rodriguez said. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, of the marijuana decriminalization bill. Uber and Lyft stopped operating in the city after voters took the polls and said they want to require the checks.

Libby Gonzales, a transgender girl, left, sits with her mother Rachel, second from left, during a news conference held by opponents, including the ACLU, of a "bathroom bill" at the Texas State Capitol, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Austin, Texas. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, was needed because several counties, including all of South Florida, have already passed decriminalization measures, leading to varied levels of enforcement across the state. He says he was once pulled over in West Virginia because he went exactly 55 miles per hour in a work zone where that was the posted speed limit, and a law enforcement officer told him he was "holding up traffic".

Prominent gun rights lobbyist Marion Hammer also refused to concede defeat on the gun bills. The bill would then go before one more committee before it hits the House floor. In most states, it's automatically returned after felons complete probation and parole.

Emmett Schelling, a transgender man from San Antonio, told the committee about his life and the problems legislation like SB 6 and HB 2899 would cause for him."We can choose to either not transition and hate ourselves or choose to step out and be authentic.and often invite hatred", Schelling said. "They did not vote specifically for what form it comes in". While the amendment went into effect January 3, state lawmakers and the Florida Department of Health have been tasked with implementing the law.

HB 425's path to passage includes the Commerce committee, which meets at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Given the differences between the House and Senate bills, significant cross-rotunda compromises could be necessary, which some medical marijuana advocates said could result in an Amendment 2 implementation plan so restrictive a court fight could follow. That bill would have made it a third-degree felony to vandalize a veteran's memorial.

Legislators pushing that measure are getting some support from high places.

"It's a very narrow bill", Simmons said. "This is torture to the baby, and we need to stand up for the baby; somebody needs to stand up for the baby's rights".