Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has a list of 20 items that will be included on his list of legislation for a July 18 special session.
Abbott, as previous governors in the Lone Star State have done, called a special session because he was not completely satisfied with the results from the 85th Texas Legislature.
While there are 20 items on the governor’s list, one item in particular seems to earn the obsession of media.
The so-called “bathroom bill” is one of the 20 items on Abbott’s to-do list, yet for some reason it generates the most media interest. Perhaps media are just providing what the audience wants, but it is nonetheless disappointing that such legislation is needed in the first place.
Some blame “social conservatives” for the existence of bathroom bills. However, such legislation is in response to those who have pushed a social agenda — or the premise that individuals are whatever sex they feel they are at the time with little to no regard for biology, science or public safety.
This social agenda initiative is why a bathroom bill exists in the state of Texas in the first place.
It is likely the governor would prefer there not be a need for such a bill, and that lawmakers could focus on the other 19 items on the special session list.
But the reality is there is a need for legislation to counter those who attempt to ram their social preferences through government at the expense of others.
The other 19 items on the governor’s list (according to the governor’s office) include a teacher pay increase of $1,000, a “texting while driving pre-emption,” “a prohibition of taxpayer dollars to collect union dues,” “caps on state and local spending” and “cracking down on mail-in ballot fraud.”
How much taxpayer money state and local governments can spend is arguably more important than a bathroom bill, but far less newsworthy to media.
That is a shame, and the blame can be placed on those with a social agenda that created the bathroom bill.