House OKs property tax limits amid special session flap

Amid threats of a special legislative session over the "bathroom bill", the Texas House on Sunday took a last-minute vote and approved a proposal that would keep transgender students from using school bathrooms in line with their gender identity.

Asking the governor's wife about a topic her husband raised, especially one directly involving her, doesn't seem unprofessional - though a governor's staffer calling to object about doing so might be. "And we encourage you, as leaders in our state, to support policies that treat all Texans equally under the law, including the LGBT community", said the letter.

The Texas Legislature has approved eliminating straight-ticket voting beginning in September 2020. With Texas ranking first in the nation in exports, the money being made available for port improvement projects is expected to make the state more competitive in global trade, especially as the Panama Canal is expanded.

"To provide definitive guidance to our school districts as it relates to restrooms, locker rooms and changing facilities".

"Bathrooms divided us then and bathrooms divide us now".

Republican Rep. Chris Paddie authored the hotly-debated language, saying it had "absolutely no intent" to discriminate. "In fact, it makes sure there are reasonable accommodations for all children", he said.

"I personally think that a trans-boy is a boy and a trans-girl is a girl". A trans-man is a man.

The bill would also create a committee to study best approaches to rebuilding the state's school funding formula, although the Senate has passed similar legislation that is up for a House vote Monday.

The most powerful speech of the night came from a tearful and emotionally-charged Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, who recalled the days before Roe v Wade, reminding lawmakers that women will seek abortion regardless of the law.

The legislation, if finally passed, would remove Texas from the short list of states that don't consider bestiality a crime.

Straus said in a statement that the House amendment "will allow us to avoid the severely negative impact" of the original Senate bill, which was closer to what North Carolina's original looked like. Members of the House wanted to act on this issue and my philosophy as Speaker has never been to force my will on the body.

But the same principal might make Abbott wary of convening a special session, especially since he's long said lawmakers should finish their work on time.

  • Salvatore Jensen