“Bathroom Bill” Backers Optimistic Ahead of Special Session

By Bill O’Neil

Religious leaders backing the so-called “Bathroom Bill” are feeling some optimism ahead of the start of a special session of the Texas Legislature next month.

Even with a total of 19 items on the agenda for the Texas House and Senate when lawmakers return to Austin.

“It’s definitely an aggressive agenda. It remains to be seen how much they can get done when it seems like so little was actually accomplished during the full legislative session” Dave Welch with the Texas Pastors Council told KTSA News, adding “Our hope is ultimately we can focus on principles of the issue and get past political contentions and personalities here and really just address the issue.”

Welch is hoping the new session will allow for a fresh start and fresh perspectives.

“Our urge to the legislature is just listen to the voices of the people. This has been very clear on a lot of these issues” Welch said, expressing his confidence something can get done in the weeks ahead.

“We feel confident if the Representatives are allowed to debate and vote on this” Welch said.

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