Texas House approves budget
- Author: Larry Hoffman May 30, 2017,
May 30, 2017, 19:48
This bill still needs to be approved by the Senate before being passed to Gov. Greg Abbot. Dan Patrick had given them in the home stretch. He feels the legislation passed Sunday night requiring schools to create single occupancy bathrooms for transgender students was a compromise.
Patrick also declared, "We will be in a special session caused by Joe Straus himself".
Tensions between the chambers have spiked.
At Sunday's Senate news conference, Sen. Patrick has threatened to hold the measure hostage to trigger a special session if the House does not act on the property tax reform and bathroom issues.
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"The fix the House sent us doesn't work", he added."The only way to fix this is with a special session". Larry Taylor said. "They make more off of us than we make off of them". "It's the purposeful inaction by the Texas Senate which puts us where we are today".
The Senate was expected to agree on the same budget later. "The taxpayers deserve to have the Legislature finish their work on time". During his 2014 campaign for governor, Abbott made the fight against sex trafficking - which he calls "modern day slavery" - one of his platform's top 10 issues.
Hundreds of people, however, told legislators at a committee hearing in March that the bill would needlessly stigmatize and harm trans Texans.
For months, transgender individuals residing in Texas have watched lawmakers in Austin squabble over which bathrooms they can use and have been left to wonder whether the Legislature would pull back on local protections meant to protect them from discrimination in public bathrooms and individual accommodations transgender children have obtained at their schools. The lieutenant governor was tight-lipped Sunday when asked about his recent talks with the governor - and whether he had received any indication of Abbott's willingness to call a special session. "But it's clear this needs to be fixed".
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.
"The governing body said Tuesday its Board of Governors had reviewed moves to repeal the "bathroom bill" and replace it with a compromise law". Straus flatly responded that he considered that to be 80 co-authors. "And exactly what the composition of that [bill] is I'm not going to speculate about because it serves no objective", the Kentucky Republican told Reuters, adding that President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence could help whip votes again as they did for the House. In the House, the final version won the approval of Tea Party Republicans who had originally opposed the House version, while losing the support of nearly one-third of the chamber's Democrats.