A Texas Senate committee is sending two bills placing restrictions on drag shows to the Senate floor, putting them up for a vote, according to reports.
FOX 4 in Dallas reported that the bills made it through the senate committee, green lighting them for further action.
One of the bills, SB12, restricts some sexually-oriented performances on public property, at a commercial enterprise or in the presence of a minor.
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The sexually-oriented performances defined in the bill include a performer who is nude, a male performer exhibiting as a female or female performer exhibiting as a male, and using clothing, makeup or other physical traits while singing, lip-syncing, dancing or performing in any way in front of an audience.
Anyone convicted could face a misdemeanor charge, up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $4,000. Any business involved could face a fine up to $10,000.
If the bill is approved and signed by Gov. Gregg Abbott, it will go into effect on Sept. 1.
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The second bill, SB1601, bans Drag Queen Story Hour performances at libraries operated by municipalities in the state.
Specifically, the bill would ban any library event with minors present, where a person dressed as the opposite gender is “a primary component of the entertainment.”
If a library allows events like Drag Queen Story Hour, it would lose state funds for the following year.
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Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) is the primary sponsor on both bills, which passed through the Texas Committee on State Affairs, 6-2.
Hughes did not immediately respond to questions regarding the bills on Tuesday.
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