Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Texas House Rejects Attempts To Strengthen 'Bathroom Bill'

Gov. Greg Abbott center offers a pen to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick right after he signed SB7 a bill to address inappropriate teacher-student relationships after he signed it during a ceremony at the Texas Capitol in Austin Thursday Texas House Rejects Attempts To Strengthen 'Bathroom Bill'
Sandy Vega | 29 May, 2017, 09:24

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus said Friday evening that the House will not negotiate with the Senate on a compromise for the proposed "bathroom bill".

As we noted in a previous post, a source in Austin said that the consensus there is that Patrick "is unraveling". We will go no further.

Straus said that legislation would lead to billions of dollars in losses for the state.

"The House has compromised enough on this issue", Straus said.

"Calling it "absurd" that "'bathroom bills' have taken on greater urgency than fixing our school finance system", Straus said the House is "availing itself" of the same actions the Senate took on school finance legislation by refusing to appoint members to conference committee on legislation originally meant to address the state's complex, outdated school funding formulas. 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.

Patrick also declared, "We will be in a special session caused by Joe Straus himself".

Gov. Greg Abbott center shakes hands with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick after he signed SB7 a bill to address inappropriate teacher-student relationships after he signed it during a ceremony at the Texas Capitol in Austin Thursday

"He laid down the gauntlet tonight and I don't think the people of Texas and I hope the members of the house are gonna tolerate one man, standing alone, behind a microphone telling his members what they're going to do", Patrick said. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, a co-author of the latest version of the property tax bill, Senate Bill 669. Under it, transgender students wouldn't be allowed to choose the bathroom they use but could be directed to separate, single-use facilities.

The Senate started pushing that version after the House stripped Sen.

Straus has for months said the bill would hurt the state's economy, and he has been joined by top companies and businesses who say it sends a discriminatory message. Gov. Greg Abbott probably would have no choice but to call a special session to get it done.

Patrick's call for a special session comes as the legislature is set to adjourn Monday.

Abbott spokesman John Wittman declined comment Sunday, referring queries to a statement he released Friday night saying: "The taxpayers deserve to have the Legislature finish their work on time".

Creighton served on the Senate's conference committee for the bill and said a special session is imminent.

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