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2 bills targeting LGBTQ community died in the House on Saturday night

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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick  (Tammye Nash/Dallas Voice) Texas’ right-wing lieutenant governor, Dan Patrick, had a number of “priorities” for the 88th Texas Legislature, which ends next Monday, May 29.

But, “an untold number of bills” — including several that addressed some of Patrick’s priorities — aren’t going anywhere this year, at least not in regular session, because members of the House of Representatives wanted the weekend off. As The Texas Tribune reports, “The Texas House on Saturday was required to advance bills through the committee phase by midnight.

However, the House opted to not meet this weekend.” The bills that died Among those bills that died at midnight on Saturday, May 27, were two targeting the LGBTQ community: Senate Bills 1601 and 1029.

SB 1601, the Tribune explains, would have barred libraries from receiving any public money the year following any events in which drag performers read to kids.

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