Protesters take over first day of special session

First day focus on Sunset Bill, Senate Bill 4, 'bathroom bill'

AUSTIN – Protesters were out in full force throughout the Texas State Capitol during the first day of the special session.

Early Tuesday morning, the Keep Austin Proud organization had members standing outside every public bathroom inside the capitol.

Each member had tape over their mouths and held transgender bathroom signs.

Outside the capitol in the afternoon, several organizations gathered together as a coalition, protesting on several issues.

The same group of protesters took their voices inside the capitol. A few dozen were dressed in red robes and white bonnets — attire from the Hulu show "The Handmaid's Tale" — chanting “shame.”

Gov. Greg Abbott has presented a 20-item agenda for the special session. Topics being covered include the Sunset Bill, education reform, property tax reform and the so-called "bathroom bill."


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