Texas House Speaker blocks unrelated proposal for the "Bathroom Bill"

Both bills now go to the House.

The Senate budget, which includes state and federal money, would be a 0.7 percent increase over current spending. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, can strike a deal on the budget. "Indiana needs a modernized, sustainable plan that will fund our roads for future generations", he said. The Indiana Senate will also meet on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. On just the second day of the legislative session, Schaefer, who leads the caucus, unsuccessfully attempted to amend a routine resolution with language requiring people in the Capitol to use bathrooms corresponding with their biological sex. That's because the bills allowed public dollars to go to schools simply "approved for attendance" by the Department of Education, a minimal standard that allows private schools to operate in New Hampshire.

Congress has spent so much time this year on dramatic battles over health care, Trump's Cabinet and Supreme Court nominees, and ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign that is has fallen behind on more basic responsibilities such as funding the government.

The committee voted to 11-2 to move the bill to the full Senate for more discussion. But this is also a smart budget.

"Many are parents are opting out of certain types of tests in their school districts, but we don't have consistent application of that from district-to-district across the state", Koppelman said.

Up until Tuesday, the Senate had been vague about its road funding preferences. What the Senate proposes today is holding that payment from the last month of fiscal year 2019, and into the first month of FY 2020. Some Capitol insiders have wondered if the accounting trick is even acceptable under the Texas Constitution.

The House Speaker shot down a tea-party backed effort to add "bathroom bill" restrictions to an unrelated measure dealing with the state agency that oversees oil and gas regulations.

State Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, the godfather of the state's medical marijuana program, had his own House Bill 65 that more broadly expanded the list of qualified diseases.

But senators say such a proposal is a no-go in the upper chamber.

"I think it's very fair and down to earth", she said.

State lawmakers have less money at their discretion this year in crafting a two-year budget. So when Straus accuses the Texas Senate of "cooking the books", it's another sign of his ongoing and increasingly explicit exasperation with the upper chamber's continued shenanigans. The budget offers an additional $45 million for students receiving aid from the TEXAS grant program. Addressing the cuts, he said, "We must live within our means". The Senate's proposal would $106.3 billion in state funds. The measure also would remove the sales tax on diesel fuel.

Liberal policy advocates were quick to denounce the Senate's budget.

Not all proposals faced a holdup.

"They're getting these licenses from out of state because our fees are so high".

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The latest version of the budget directs the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, which administers Medicaid with financial help and guidance from the federal government, to work with the Trump administration to find "flexibility" to reduce costs.

  • Larry Hoffman