Well it seems the GOP thinks anything goes in the post-Trump era. No surprise there, really, but it’s nonetheless a continued cause for concern.
What has us worried now? Lawmakers in Texas are trying to pass their own HB 2 in the state.
Texas GOP Sen. Bob Hall has filed new legislation that would ban cities across the Lone Star State from implementing discrimination protections for LGBT people. Bill 92 would stop cities, counties and other local governments from adopting “a local law that creates a protected classification or prohibits discrimination on a basis not contained in the laws of this state.”
It’s the first bill filed ahead of next year’s state legislature, convening in January. Hall tried to file a similar bill two years ago, telling the Texas Observer then that the nation was “sliding into Gomorrah.”
Texas’ state anti-discrimination law does not include protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity. This means Bill 92 could make it impossible for cities and other local governments to enforce protective measures for LGBT individuals.
Equality Texas, a statewide organization that advocates for LGBT rights, says the bill would impact over nine million people living in Texas.
LGBT advocacy groups are expected to challenge the bill when it comes to the floor.
Opposition is also set to come from the Texas Association of Business, which estimated the bill could cost Texas’ economy more than $8.5 billion and 185,000 jobs.