"Bathroom bill" continues to bedevil Texas politics

But in recent closed-door budget negotiations, House legislators clashed with their colleagues in the Senate whose "spending priorities contained significant differences".

"There are two must-pass bills, or I will allow the mistakes of the speaker to put us into a special session", Patrick said of the House's tactical error in failing to pass a "sunset safety net" bill ahead of a key legislative deadline. House lawmakers have until midnight tonight to act on Senate amendments, meaning they can agree with changes senators made to bills, or send them to a conference committee where members from both chambers can hash out the differences. The two Republicans have wrestled over property taxes measures and the so-called "bathroom bill", which would restrict bathroom use for transgender Texans. "The people of Texas deserve action now". Deepening the wound, they say, is the Legislature leaving $11 billion untouched. But Joe Straus, the Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, has called the matter a distraction. Most states' legislatures ultimately did not pass these bills into law, and North Carolina went down in fiery fiscal flames on its own. "And thousands of jobs could be lost, according to the Texas Association of Business' economic impact study". Rep. Tom Craddick, R-Midland, the author of House Bill 62, said he expects Abbott to sign the bill into law. But Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick - who has spent months championing far-reaching restrictions on bathroom use - had said the amendment's "ambiguous language" didn't "appear to do much". "The only way to fix this is with a special session", Taylor said.

Under the obscure budget reconciliation process, Republicans could pass a repeal bill with a majority, rather than a supermajority, since such bills are not subject to the filibuster. "That'll be about as far as it'll be pushed".

Supporters described limiting the scope to schools as "middle ground" and hinted that it could soften the kinds of costly boycotts that hit North Carolina after it approved its bathroom bill a year ago.

The Associated Press in April reported that "the NCAA". "They could lose their primary if they go against the bathroom bill, or against the abortion bill, or against the sanctuary city bill". They're coming. In fact, the NCAA supports the language of North Carolina which is now similar to ours. We'll fix it in the special (session).

"It's not in Abbott's interest", Jones said. Gina Hinojosa, D-Austin, would have rerouted $3 million from the governor's homeland security budget and directed it to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to help trafficking victims receive "necessary services", though it did not specify which ones.




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