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Special Session Legislative Bill Tracker
Special Session Legislative Bill Tracker
Special Session 3 (beginning September 20, 2021)

Governor’s Call Anti-Transgender Bills

Bans on youth participation in sports that aligns with their gender identity.

These bills would require K-12 youth to participate in sports according to the gender on their birth certificate, essentially banning transgender youth from participating in line with their gender identity and barring them from the friendship, education, teamwork, and health benefits of playing a sport.

Categorical, across-the-board bans to exclude already-vulnerable children from important childhood activities are unscientific and cruel, and are a direct repackaging of the 2017 bathroom bills that failed in their attempts to demonize transgender people. These bans put vulnerable kids at risk of further harassment, exclusion, and bullying, and block them from the important health, social, and emotional benefits that youth sports is meant to offer to all children.

HB 25 (Swanson)Passed the Texas Legislature, Sunday, October 17th 

Passed House Constitutional Rights and Remedies Committee | Passed by full House 2nd Reading (76-54) and 3rd Reading (76-54), Thursday, October 14th | Passed by Senate with an amendment, Friday, October 15th

Relating to requiring public school students to compete in interscholastic athletic competitions based on biological sex.

 

SB 3 (Perry)Passed the full Senate, Wednesday, September 22, 2021. Referred to the House Public Education Committee.

Relating to requiring public school students to compete in interscholastic athletic competitions based on biological sex.

SB 27 (Perry) – Relating to requiring public school and public institution of higher education students to compete in interscholastic athletic competitions based on biological sex.

HB 10 (Swanson)Companion to SB 3. Referred to House Public Education Committee.

Relating to requiring public school students to compete in interscholastic athletic competitions based on biological sex.

HB 24 (Slaton)Relating to requiring public school and public institution of higher education students to participate in interscholastic athletic activities based on biological sex.

HB 84 (Swanson)Relating to requiring public school and public institution of higher education students to compete in interscholastic athletic competitions based on biological sex.

 

ANTI-LGBTQ+ Bills Filed, Not on the Call

There is no restriction to bills being filed even if they are not part of the Governor’s call. Some might pass committees or even one chamber, but they are not likely to move further as the focus must remain on the subjects mandated on the agenda.

Bans on best-practice affirming healthcare for transgender youth.

These bills criminalize the age-appropriate, evidence-based, private, life-saving care that is thoughtfully crafted in consultation with teams of medical healthcare experts, parents/guardians, and transgender youth. The language in these bills does not reflect current transition healthcare practices, further illustrating that legislators should not be inserting themselves into the doctor’s office. 

SB 15 (Hall) – Relating to the provision of certain gender-affirming therapy and counseling to children.

SB 17 (Hall) – Relating to the provision of and professional liability insurance coverage for gender transitioning or gender reassignment medical procedures and treatments for certain children.

SB 28 (Perry) – Relating to the definition of abuse of a child.

HB 22 (Toth) – Relating t0 the definition of abuse of a child.

HB 26 (Slaton) – Relating t0 the definition of abuse of a child.

HB 65 (Krause) Relating to the provision of and professional liability insurance coverage for gender transitioning or gender reassignment medical procedures and treatments for certain children.

Religious Refusals

SB 16 (Hall) – Relating to protection of individuals from participation in a health care service for reasons of conscience; providing a civil remedy; authorizing disciplinary action.

Gender Markers

SB 29 (Perry)Relating to the required inclusion of a person’s sex on a birth certificate and prohibited change of sex on the birth certificate of certain minors.

 

 

Special Session 2 (August)

All bills — even those passed by the Senate — died because the House

Governor’s Call Anti-Transgender Bills

Bans on youth participation in sports that aligns with their gender identity.

These bills would require K-12 youth to participate in sports according to the gender on their birth certificate, essentially banning transgender youth from participating in line with their gender identity and barring them from the friendship, education, teamwork, and health benefits of playing a sport.

Categorical, across-the-board bans to exclude already-vulnerable children from important childhood activities are unscientific and cruel, and are a direct repackaging of the 2017 bathroom bills that failed in their attempts to demonize transgender people. These bans put vulnerable kids at risk of further harassment, exclusion, and bullying, and block them from the important health, social, and emotional benefits that youth sports is meant to offer to all children.

SB 2 (Perry)House Public Education Committee public hearing, Tuesday, August 24, 2021. After hours of testimony (until 6am Wednesday, August 25th), the bill is left pending.

Passed the Senate, Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Passed Second Reading in Senate | Tuesday, August 10, 2021, 3pm 

Health & Human Services Committee Hearing | Sunday, August 8, 2021, 1:30pm | Reported favorably to the Senate by a vote of 5-2.

Relating to requiring public school students to compete in interscholastic athletic competitions based on biological sex.

SB 40 (Perry)Relating to requiring public school and public institution of higher education students to compete in interscholastic athletic competitions based on biological sex.

HB 25 (Swanson)Referred to the House Public Education Committee

Relating to requiring public school students to compete in interscholastic athletic competitions based on biological sex.

HB 96 (Hefner)Referred to the House Public Education Committee

Relating to requiring public school students to compete in interscholastic athletic competitions based on biological sex.

HB 100 (Swanson)Relating to requiring public school and public institution of higher education students to compete in interscholastic athletic competitions based on biological sex.

HB 102 (Slaton)Relating to requiring public school and public institution of higher education students to participate in interscholastic athletic activities based on biological sex.

 

ANTI-LGBTQ+ Bills Filed, Not on the Call

There is no restriction to bills being filed even if they are not part of the Governor’s call. Some might pass committees or even one chamber, but they are not likely to move further as the focus must remain on the subjects mandated on the agenda.

Bans on best-practice affirming healthcare for transgender youth.

These bills criminalize the age-appropriate, evidence-based, private, life-saving care that is thoughtfully crafted in consultation with teams of medical healthcare experts, parents/guardians, and transgender youth. The language in these bills does not reflect current transition healthcare practices, further illustrating that legislators should not be inserting themselves into the doctor’s office. 

SB 22 (Hall) – Relating to the provision of and professional liability insurance coverage for gender transitioning or gender reassignment medical procedures and treatments for certain children.

SB 23 (Hall) – Relating to the provision of certain gender-affirming therapy and counseling to children.

SB 39 (Perry)Relating to the definition of abuse of a child.

HB 38 (Toth) – Relating t0 the definition of abuse of a child.

HB 133 (Krause) Relating to the provision of and professional liability insurance coverage for gender transitioning or gender reassignment medical procedures and treatments for certain children.

Religious Refusals

SB 34 (Hall)Relating to protection of individuals from participation in a health care service for reasons of conscience; providing a civil remedy; authorizing disciplinary action.

 

 

Special Session 1 (July)

All bills — even those passed by the Senate — died because the House did not have quorum during the session.

Governor’s Call Anti-Transgender Bills

Bans on youth participation in sports that aligns with their gender identity.

These bills would require K-12 youth to participate in sports according to the gender on their birth certificate, essentially banning transgender youth from participating in line with their gender identity and barring them from the friendship, education, teamwork, and health benefits of playing a sport.

Categorical, across-the-board bans to exclude already-vulnerable children from important childhood activities are unscientific and cruel, and are a direct repackaging of the 2017 bathroom bills that failed in their attempts to demonize transgender people. These bans put vulnerable kids at risk of further harassment, exclusion, and bullying, and block them from the important health, social, and emotional benefits that youth sports is meant to offer to all children.

SB 2 (Perry) – Passed the Senate, Wednesday, July 14, 2021   (Passed by the Health and Human Services Committee and reported favorably, Monday, July 12, 2021)

Relating to requiring public school and public institution of higher education students to compete in interscholastic athletic competitions based on biological sex.

SB 32 (Perry)Passed the Senate, Wednesday, July 14, 2021  (Passed by the Health and Human Services Committee and reported favorably, Monday, July 12, 2021)

Relating to requiring public school students to compete in interscholastic athletic competitions based on biological sex.

HB 90 (Slaton), HB 179 (Swanson), HB 185 (Swanson), HB 187 (Swanson), HB 212 (Hefner), HB 274 (Swanson)

 

ANTI-LGBTQ+ Bills Filed, Not on the Call

There is no restriction to bills being filed even if they are not part of the Governor’s call. Some might pass committees or even one chamber, but they are not likely to move further as the focus must remain on the subjects mandated on the agenda.

Bans on best-practice affirming healthcare for transgender youth.

These bills criminalize the age-appropriate, evidence-based, private, life-saving care that is thoughtfully crafted in consultation with teams of medical healthcare experts, parents/guardians, and transgender youth. The language in these bills does not reflect current transition healthcare practices, further illustrating that legislators should not be inserting themselves into the doctor’s office. 

SB 17 (Hall), SB 18 (Hall), SB 66 (Hall), SB 70 (Perry), HB 89 (Slaton)HB 166 (Krause)HB 181 (Toth)HB 210 (Oliverson)

Gender Markers

HB 217 (Ellzey)

 

PRO LGBTQ+ BILLS

HB 28 (Gervin-Hawkins), HB 37 (Gervin-Hawkins)