House Gives Preliminary Approval To Bill Overhauling School Finance System

The original bathroom bill, the Texas Privacy Act, would override nondiscrimination ordinances and force trans and gender nonconforming folks into restrooms and dressing rooms that align with the gender listed on their birth certificate.

Other rules brought by the bill would include the ability for cities to enter into agreements with the ride-hailing services to collect and share traffic data within the city and coordinate transportation options for major events.

David Welch, president of the Texas Pastor Council, was one of the few to support HB 2899. Witnesses, even those with traditionally conservative bona fides, called this unsafe and bad for business.

The Texas Conservative Coalition, a group of 56 GOP House members and 16 Republican senators, opposed the bill.

"The residents and businesses of Dallas believe discrimination in all forms have no home in our community", Dallas City Council member Lee Kleinman said, speaking on behalf of the city. "Equal protection under the law for all residents, no exceptions". The prospect of Texas passing a bathroom bill was languishing before Abbott issued a statement this week backing the House proposal, which supporters say mirrors a recent compromise in North Carolina. One attendee posted a photo on Facebook showing that another 369 people registered their opposition of the bill that's being touted by its author Rep. Ron Simmons, R-Carrollton, as a more considerate version of SB 6.

The R Street Institute welcomes today's vote by the Texas House of Representatives to approve H.B.

"This bill would allow for conversations to take place at the local school district level where I think those conversations ought to take place", Aument said. As of Tuesday night, 46 amendments had been filed on the bill. "This might be an economic stance for cities but this is a life and death stance for us".

State Rep. Dan Huberty succeeded at a hard task Wednesday: getting the Texas House of Representatives to vote for legislation overhauling the funding system for public education, without a court mandate.

At times, even the Republicans on the committee seemed to question what everyone was doing, bickering over who could use what bathroom as the clock made its way toward three in the morning.

Committee chairman and Sen.

Testimony remains ongoing as of 1:45 a.m. Democrats on the House panel took shots at a number of provisions in Rodrigues' bill, from the number of licenses to the number of dispensaries to the routes of administration.

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