Nearly two hours after Senate Bill 14 was brought to the House floor on May 5, Rep. Mary González, D-Clint, raised a point of order, a procedural tactic typically used with the intent to kill a piece of legislation.
González argued that the bill’s analysis was “materially misleading.”
Her point of order was successful, and the bill was sent back to the House Committee on Public Health. The committee met briefly and voted 6-4 to send SB 14 back to the full House.
The House is expected to debate the bill next week, but an official date has not been announced.
SB 14 was authored by Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels. If it becomes law, the bill would prohibit doctors from providing puberty-blocking medication, hormone therapy or gender confirmation surgery to anyone under the age of 18. Doctors who continue to provide those treatments would be stripped of their medical licenses, the bill states.
SB14 will be heard next week. It won’t be watered down. It will pass and become law.— Dustin Burrows (@Burrows4TX) May 5, 2023
Children who are currently receiving non-surgical treatments, like hormone therapy and puberty blockers, would be allowed to continue, with the expectation that they would be safely “weaned off” of the treatments. Doctors would not be allowed to give them new transition-related medications or begin new treatment plans.
Transition-related surgeries would be fully banned. Gender confirmation surgery is typically not performed on children.
The Texas Senate approved the proposal in early April. SB 14 must also pass the House before heading to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk.
This is the second time Democrats successfully delayed debate on SB 14. The House planned to consider the bill on May 2, but it was also sent back to the committee through a point of order, which argued that an organization mentioned in a previous analysis of the bill was incorrectly named.
Hundreds of Texans both for and against SB 14 convened at the Texas Capitol on May 2. Two LGBTQ+ advocates were arrested during protests against the bill, although the charges were ultimately dropped.
People from both sides of the issue once again gathered in the House gallery to watch the proceedings on May 5.