Restriction targeting transgender people defeated along with much of governor’s other legislative demands at special session

A Texas “bathroom bill” targeting transgender people has been defeated again along with many of its Republican governor’s recent demands as a special legislative session in the state capitol was derailed by his party’s backbiting that could preview an even more hostile 2018 primary season.

It is the second time that the proposed bathroom restrictions, similar to those in North Carolina, have failed to pass in Texas. Greg Abbott gave no indication he would order lawmakers to stay in Austin and try again — which would risk a third failure over what has began as one of the most high-profile bills in any US legislature.

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