The Governor of Texas Suggested the Anti-Trans ‘Bathroom Bill’ Is Dead. It’s Very Much Alive

The Governor of Texas Suggested the Anti-Trans ‘Bathroom Bill’ Is Dead. It’s Very Much Alive

BY: NICO LANG

Rumors of the Texas bathroom bill’s death are greatly exaggerated.

During a Saturday gubernatorial debate against Democrat Lupe Valdez, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott appeared to satiate a nation starved for good news when he declared the legislation is “not on [his] agenda” for the upcoming 2019 legislative session. Instead the incumbent outlined a plan to provide relief to Hurricane Harvey victims, cut taxes, tackle America’s school shooting epidemic, and create jobs.

“That is going to be my agenda this coming session,” Abbott said. “Period.”

The governor’s soundbite made for a good headline in Monday morning takes published by NBC News and the San Francisco Chronicle, but the insinuation that the bathroom bill sleeps with the fishes isn’t accurate. It also doesn’t reflect what the governor actually said.

When debate moderator Steve Spriester prodded Abbott on the bathroom bill question, he dodged answering it.

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