We live in a new political order, so prepare for more legislative mischief like the kind in Texas this week. For example, Senate Bill 92, which would overturn nondiscrimination ordinances protecting LGBT citizens in cities. The bill would prohibit cities or counties from passing laws barring discrimination “on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, or any other basis for legal protections not explicitly mentioned in state law,” according to the Texas Tribune.
Sen. Konni Burton introduced a bill on Thursday – which just so happened to be national Transgender Day of Remembrance – that would require public schools give parents “any general knowledge regarding the parent’s child possessed by an employee of the district” and records “relating to the child’s general physical, psychological or emotional well-being.”
This may sound vague — and even harmless. But Burton has explicitly said this is a response to guidelines adopted by Fort Worth school district earlier this year, guidelines that banned staff from telling parents about their child’s transgender status. The rule was quickly extinguished by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Texas’ leader in anti-LGBT policies.
If passed the bill would require elementary and high school teachers to narc on their students. Now, had Hillary Clinton won the electoral vote two weeks ago the Texas Senate would still have tried to pass this bill; but years later should opponents challenge its constitutionality the Clinton Justice Department might’ve filed friendly briefs before a Supreme Court with a non-Scalia on the bench. I….doubt Attorney General Sessions would’ve followed suit.