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State Legislature Update

Texas State Capitol

Texas will soon become the largest state in the nation to ban gender-affirming care for minors under a bill sent to Gov. Greg Abbott for a signature. Abbott has previously ordered child welfare officials to investigate such treatment as abuse.

Texas Public Radio reports that a bill that would bar people from making anonymous reports of child abuse to the statewide abuse and neglect hotline is nearing passage in the state legislature. According to the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas, 12,000 people made anonymous child abuse claims to the statewide hotline. They found that only 1,000 of them were accurate.