Past Updates for Texas

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  • 4/20/2017: The Texas House passed an amendment to House Bill 100, a bill designed to regulate the use of car-hailing apps such as Uber or Lyft, which defines sex as a biological characteristic defined at birth, potentially allowing for discrimination against transgender individuals.[1]
  • 2/28/2017: The Texas Supreme Court has agreed to hear oral arguments in a Houston case challenging the city's benefits policy for same-sex couples. Opponents of the policy state that the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage does not mean that same-sex couples are entitled to spousal benefits, and hope to be able to deny them those benefits.[2]
  • 2/23/2017: A proposed bill would give families vouchers to encourage kids to attend private, online schools or other options beyond traditional public and charter campuses. Many worry that this might leave children from underprivileged areas behind.[3]
  • 2/22/2017: A federal judge ruled in favor of Planned Parenthood, ruling that the state cannot withhold Medicaid money from the medical provider. In December, Texas cut off Medicaid funds to some Planned Parenthood groups.[4]
  • 2/2/2017: The Texas State Board of Education approved a version of the high school biology curriculum that requires students to learn about scientific phenomena that cannot be explained by evolution. Some board members worry that this will lead to teaching creationism or intelligent design in science classes, or that the information is "vague, redundant or would require too much time to teach."[5]