Friday, May 20, 2011

Texas Trans Two Step

An anxious day continues as the eyes of trans Texans were gazing in the directions of Austin and Wharton today.

In the first part of the trans two step we waited for news from the Wharton County Courthouse concerning the Delgado v. Araguz case.    No matter which way it goes, there's going to be an appeal filed in this case.

The presiding judge in this case stated he would take a week before making his ruling.    I'd like to know whether he's a Democrat or a Republican and that will give me a pretty good idea on which way he'll rule in this case.

I'm just sayin'...

Meanwhile, in our state capitol our esteemed state legislature is hard at work until May 30.  Today was a crucial deadline day for any bills originating in the Senate.   They had to be passed and out of the chamber by midnight so they can be dealt with by the Texas House.

One of those bills that hasn't passed yet is the anti-trans SB 723 authored by Sen. Tommy Williams (R-The Woodlands)   The bill has been blocked several times by Texas Democratic senators urged to keep a united front to kill SB 723 by an avalanche of phone calls, faxes and e-mail from trans Texans and our allies.

After three attempts to put it on the intent calendar and failing to advance it to the Senate floor, Sen Williams was forced to put it on the general calendar where it was languishing 41st in line as of the start of the legislative day at 11 AM CDT.    The Senate recessed until 3:30 PM CDT and if you wish to watch the proceedings you can monitor events on the Texas Senate floor at this link.   

Tick tick tick....


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