Speaker Straus may not re­fer SB 3 to a com­mit­tee.

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“Chair­man Cook said he go­ing to give us a hear­ing. At the same time, he said he’s not go­ing to move the leg­is­la­tion,” Sim­mons said dur­ing a down­town Austin event spon­sored by the Texas Tri­bune.

“I think the prospects are not great, not be­cause the (Repub­li­can) ma­jor­ity doesn’t want it ... but be­cause there are some key lead­ers who do not want it. That’s the way the sys­tem works,” he said.

Sim­mons pre­dicted that his bills would pass if given a vote by the full House, and Ab­bott has been press­ing House lead­ers to al­low a floor vote.

Ab­bott also urged con­ser­va­tive Repub­li­cans last week to add their names as co-au­thors to Sim­mons’ bills as well as to other leg­is­la­tion per­tain­ing to his special ses­sion agenda.

By Mon­day evening, 49 House Repub­li­cans had at­tached their names to House Bill 46, Sim­mons’ main piece of leg­is­la­tion. A some­what sim­i­lar bill had 80 co-au­thors — 76 votes en­sures pas­sage in the House — in the reg­u­lar ses­sion that ended in May.

The special ses­sion bills take dif­fer­ent ap­proaches.

SB 3 by Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Bren­ham, re­quires pub­lic schools and lo­cal gov­ern­ments to limit the use of mul­ti­ple-oc­cu­pancy re­strooms and chang­ing rooms to the sex listed on a per­son’s birth cer­tifi­cate, driver’s li­cense or gov­ern­ment-is­sued ID.

It also bars stu­dent-ath­letes from com­pet­ing in girls’ sports if their birth cer­tifi­cate lists their sex as male.

HB 46 would pro­hibit schools and lo­cal gov­ern­ments from adopt­ing or en­forc­ing anti-dis­crim­i­na­tion pro­tec­tions that reg­u­late ac­cess to mul­ti­ple-oc­cu­pancy re­strooms, show­ers and chang­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

Another Sim­mons bill, HB 50, would limit the pro­hi­bi­tion to pub­lic schools and has 22 Repub­li­can co-au­thors.

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