Texas Senate Committee Approves ‘Bathroom Bill’

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AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – A Texas Senate committee approved the controversial ‘bathroom bill’ in a vote early Wednesday morning, sending the measure to the full Senate for debate and a vote.

The 7-1 vote capped hours of testimony that stretched past 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

The bill has drawn opposition from big-name companies including Facebook, and the NFL warning that the Super Bowl won’t return to Dallas or Houston.

The proposal would require transgender people to use public bathrooms that correspond with the sex on their birth certificates.

Hundreds of people packed the Texas Capitol on Tuesday to testify on the contentious measure that’s expected to easily clear a Senate committee. But the bill faces a tough road ahead because the Republican House speaker has slammed the measure as bad for business.

The same committee passed a divisive ‘sanctuary cities’ ban last month after sometimes being interrupted by protesters in the Senate gallery. Lawmakers this time used a smaller hearing room that made for easier crowd control.

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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