Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, said the script prepared by Republican leadership in the Senate and House would close the annual session by June 2 when the reservoir of cash to operate the Legislature runs dry. "I think reinsurance is a better way to go". Under it, transgender students at public and charter schools would not be permitted to use the bathroom of their choice, but could be directed to separate, single-occupancy restrooms.
Patrick said the people of Texas want a bathroom bill and accused the Speaker of putting his views over his constituents. Rep. Tom Craddick, R-Midland, the author of House Bill 62, said he expects Abbott to sign the bill into law.
The Texas Legislature adjourns Monday, and the defiance from the House again raises the prospects of a special session. "We have enough time to resolve these issues in a regular session", Abbott said. "We shouldn't be afraid to pass laws that we think are necessary, proper and right".
But 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".
As we noted in a previous post, a source in Austin said that the consensus there is that Patrick "is unraveling". The tax is applied to wages over $200,000 for an individual and over $250,000 for a married couple.The Texas House passed Senate Bill 8, the pro-life legislation that bans the procedure of partial-birth abortions, dismemberment abortion, and prohibits the sale of fetal tissues and organs late last week.
Under a House bill, revenue from broadening application of the Kansas sales tax would be dedicated in 2020 to reduce the state's 6.5 percent sales tax on food by 1 percentage point. Hollywood and music stars have threatened boycotts if Texas passes a law, and the National Football League and NBA have hinted that future events could be pulled out of the state - even though Houston hosted the last Super Bowl in February.
Now we will have to see if we can hammer out agreements to get those over the finish line.
Patrick, who has threatened to force a special session if bathrooms and property taxes were not addressed, said Friday night that "ironically" it was Straus who made an extra session necessary when the House failed to pass legislation to continue the Texas Medical Board.
"Joe Straus is the one causing the special session", Patrick said.
Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., said he wanted to require maternity coverage and beef up federal aid to help states curb premium increases for people with pre-existing conditions.
But Obamacare has become a quagmire for Republicans - they haven't found a way to keep a seven-year promise, and signals from the Senate, now tasked with writing a new bill because they can't stand the House-passed measure, are bleak.
Straus said the House planned to discuss property tax relief Saturday.
On May 20, the Texas House and Senate compromised to unveil a joint budget. He estimated the chances of Republicans passing their budget deal through both chambers to get reconciliation by the end of this year as "pretty remote" anyway.