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Audio: New Yorker’s Lawrence Wright: Here’s What Speaker Straus told me on “Bathroom Bill”

During a Tuesday interview on Texas Standard, a statewide news magazine based out of KUT Austin, author Lawrence Wright talked with The Texas Tribune’s Alana Rocha about “America’s Future is Texas,” his latest piece in The New Yorker.

In the article, Wright – a longtime staff writer for the magazine – includes the following quote from House Speaker Joe Straus about the “bathroom bill,” controversial legislation slated for the special legislative session that would regulate which bathrooms transgender Texans can use:

“I’m not a lawyer, but I am a Texan,” Straus said. “I’m disgusted by all this. Tell the lieutenant governor I don’t want the suicide of a single Texan on my hands.”

In this clip, Wright talks about his exchange with the speaker.

Listen to the full interview with Lawrence Wright on www.texasstandard.org.

Read related Tribune coverage:

  • Most Texas voters don’t rate proposals to regulate transgender people’s use of public restrooms as an important issue, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. [link]
  • In dueling press conferences in the final days of the regular session, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus revealed themselves at an impasse over bathroom regulations that could prompt Gov. Greg Abbott to call a special session. [link]
  • A review of Gov. Greg Abbott’s schedule during May provides a glimpse into the final stretch of the legislative session, where the governor tried in vain to bring together lawmakers to avoid a special session. [link]

Author:  ALANA ROCHA – The Texas Tribune

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