Senator Lois W. Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) made a splash last week by introducing the Texas Privacy Act, a bill that the Senator says works to protect children.
Sen. Kolkhorst says one of the main reasons she chose to file the controversial legislation was because of a directive passed down by the Obama Administration, which told every public school district in the country to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity.
Kolkhorst says many members of the public are unaware of the directive, sent in a letter on May 13th:
The bill has already faced opposition from a wide range of groups including people from the LGBT community and the Texas Association of Business. The Texas Association of Business denounced the bill, saying it could cost Texas businesses $8 billion in revenue.
While the Texas Privacy Act is sure to dominate the headlines during the legislative session, Kolkhorst says she is also committed to continuing her fight for private property rights and transparency:
Regardless of the issues the Senator chooses to take on, Kolkhorst acknowledges the difficulties that lie ahead given the Texas Comptroller’s announcement Monday that lawmakers will have less money to spend on general services in the next two-year budget period. "It will be a busy time. The budget is going to be tough. There's not any extra money left over" said Kolkhorst.
Still, Kolkhorst says she’s looking forward to new opportunities with President-elect Trump in office:
Senator Kolkhorst will be one of the 181 lawmakers that will fill the hallways today in Austin as the 85th legislative session gets underway.