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Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives talks about the prospects for anti-LGBTQ bills, gun laws and casinos

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Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan said Thursday that a select committee he formed in 2021 will review a range of social issues that conservatives are pushing in this legislative session.

During a media briefing at the Capitol, Republican Beaumont was asked if he had any interest this session in GOP legislation targeting LGBT Texans, specifically the proposed ban on gender-affirming care for transgender children.

“This will be part of a much larger problem,” Phelan said. “For this particular reason, I have created a special committee on youth health and safety that deals with all these issues, whether it is an issue you are covering or issues in the classroom.”

Phelan said there are “some – very select, I think – school districts” that are “completely inappropriate to interfere in discussions between parents and children.” He noted that he had a first grader, “and if he comes home and talks to me about sexuality in any form or fashion, I’ll be at this school in a few minutes.”

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