Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Demands Special Session For Transgender 'Bathroom Bill'

Dan Patrick had given them in the home stretch. The two Republicans have wrestled over property taxes measures and the so-called "bathroom bill", which would restrict bathroom use for transgender Texans.

Patrick has deliberately not moved Senate versions since then, and says it could mean Texas might not be able to fully license physicians and other medical personnel after September, when previous laws expire. That means state lawmakers won't meet again until 2019, unless Abbott calls a special session, which lasts 30 days and can cover any issue the governor chooses.

Tensions between the chambers have spiked.

The Texas House on May 22 backed a Senate bill extending a program that lets high school students who fail a couple of required exams take an alternative route to graduation.

Only Gov. Greg Abbott can call a special session and set its agenda.

"We can't continue to treat this issue like a political football and punting it down the field", Creighton said. Two years after Texas almost tripled state spending on patrolling the U.S. -Mexico border, and railed against then-President Barack Obama over the need to do so, Republicans are not letting up despite President Donald Trump's vow to build a wall between the two countries.

With the clock ticking on the legislative session, the House and Senate on Sunday lobbed accusations back and forth over inaction on critical legislation needed to save some state agencies from shuttering and to avoid legislative overtime. The CEOs of Google, Amazon, Apple and others expressed their concern over the potential enactment of a "discriminatory legislation" in a letter, addressed to Texas Governor Greg Abbott, dated May 27th.

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". But if not, the bill could be dead.

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".

"The people don't want us to come home with a job unfinished". "Texans don't want a permanent legislature like they do in California".

"The only way to fix this is in a special session", Taylor said.

"Tonight, I'm making it very clear".

In addition to the news conferences, frictions were on full display Sunday between the chambers and among GOP factions that have been clashing all session long. The agency estimated that about one-sixth of the population - more than 50 million people - live in states that would make substantial changes under the waivers.

Although the Republican-lead American Health Care Act passed the House of Representatives, its chances in the Senate are rather slim. Straus flatly responded that he considered that to be 80 co-authors.

The bill by Democratic Sens.

The House approved SB 11 shortly afterward along a 107-41 vote.

The $217 billion spending package approved Saturday by the House is the only must-pass measure before the Legislature adjourns Monday. He is scheduled to hold a bill-signing ceremony at 10 a.m.at the Texas Department of Transportation Riverside Campus in Austin.

  • Larry Hoffman