March 30, 2017      4:35 PM
Villalba: Respectfully, Dan Patrick is just wrong on bathrooms
Dallas Republican argues that it is “precisely because of my conservative principles that I will NEVER accept discrimination, hatred, or bigotry”
clock begins its inexorable tick to closing time and Republican members of the Texas
Legislature such as myself are left to contemplate that which will
define the session and our political legacies. Most of us will hew to the
safety of orthodox convention. Others will wait until they receive the
acquiescence of those who brought them to the dance to make their moves.
I came to Austin to move the needle, shape the conversation and to speak the
Senate Bill 6, the so-called "bathroom bill," is the most unserious
attempt at galvanizing Republican primary voters in a generation.
fails to solve a problem that doesn't even exist.
current Texas law, it is already illegal to: (1) trespass upon the private
space of a citizen; (2) "peep" upon a citizen during a private
moment; (3) assault a citizen in a sexual or non-sexual manner; or even (4)
engage a person in an unreciprocated manner. The chance that our children – in
schools or otherwise – are somehow at risk of nefarious trans-gender Texans
assaulting them in showers or restrooms is simply non-existent.
have tremendous respect for Lt. Gov. Dan
Patrick. He is a personal friend, a mentor, and one of the finest public
servants that I have ever worked with in the state of Texas.
I simply cannot support this legislation, which I believe is unnecessary and
meant solely to placate LGBT-hating constituencies including Tim Dunn's Empower Texans and Steve Hotze's Conservative Republicans of Texas.
The full guest column by
Rep. Jason Villalba is in the
By Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas