A House panel late Tuesday advanced one “red meat” bill on critical race theory, and then, in a surprise, its leader balked at allowing a vote on another involving transgender student athletes.
House Public Education Committee Chairman Harold Dutton allowed a vote that, by 7-5 and along party lines, propelled Senate Bill 3, making improvements to the state’s “ban” on teaching of critical race theory.
But then Dutton, a Houston Democrat, after listening to a half-hour discussion of the transgender sports restrictions measure, said he’s never had any complaints in his district about unfair advantages for transgender girls.
Dutton called it a bill whose defeat he, as the House’s top education policy writer, “will take the heat for.” He then abruptly adjourned the meeting.
That left the fate of Senate Bill 2, which would require public school students to compete with the sex that was listed on their birth certificates, uncertain as the summer’s second legislative session winds down toward a Sunday deadline.