Final House approval is expected Monday.
Texas Republicans have been pushing an aggressive agenda despite promised court challenges, including legislation that would let police ask drivers whether they're in the us legally, restrict what school bathrooms transgender students can use, ban most second-trimester abortions and let adoption agencies reject gay couples over religious objections.
Meanwhile, the Texas House by a vote of 91-50 added an amendment to Senate Bill 2078 - a bill related to emergency operations plans for school districts - that would bar transgender students from using the public restroom consistent with their gender identity. Under it, transgender students at public and charter schools would not be permitted to use the bathroom of their choice, but could be directed to separate, single-occupancy restrooms.
Senators voted 21-10 to approve House Bill 21, which the House originally meant to reform a complicated system for allocating money to public schools and to provide a funding boost for most public schools.
"Five other states have passed similar laws protecting faith-based adoption organizations that refuse to place children with gay parents or other households on religious grounds - but Texas' rule would extend to state-funded agencies".
"Research shows that anti-transgender legislation can lead to increased instances of bullying of LGBTQ students and even an uptick in suicide".
Senfronia Thompson, a Democratic representative, said during a debate on the floor that the bill evoked memories of when facilities were segregated by race across the country during the Jim Crow era.
"No amount of discrimination is acceptable", Equality Texas said in a statement on Sunday night.
But now that the bill is set to pass the House, the only thing that could stop it is if Patrick decides the compromise isn't harsh enough, Mark Jones, a political scientist at Rice University in Houston, told HuffPost. Republican Governor Greg Abbott has said he supports a bathroom bill.
Only one Democrat joined the Senate's 20 Republicans in voting for the bill.
But Speaker of the House Joe Straus had a different take.
"There is absolutely no intent and I would argue nothing in this language discriminates against anyone", Paddie said. The North Carolina law prompted economic boycotts and the loss of sporting events, and was later revamped in the face of criticism.
"This is only for those situations where parents really are unhappy with what's going on with their special-needs child", said its sponsor, Sen. Chris Turner, the Democratic leader in the Texas House of Representatives.
Supporters described limiting the scope to schools as "middle ground" and hinted that it could soften the kinds of costly boycotts that hit North Carolina after it approved its bathroom bill previous year. The measure passed the House 140-0.