Texas House rejects attempts to strengthen 'bathroom bill'

Posted May 29, 2017

Human Rights Campaign spokesman Nick Morrow echoed the sentiments of many LGBT activists who are rightfully frustrated and disheartened with the government's continued attempt to restrict the rights of transgender individuals for no good reason: "As these far-right extremists in the Legislature continue to put politics before people and threaten a special session simply to discriminate against LGBTQ Texans, we have to ask: How much discrimination will be enough?" On May 21, the Senate voted to approve a bill that would simplify funding formulas for public schools and let parents use state money to send their kids with disabilities to private schools or pay for homeschooling.

"If the Senate wants to pass a 'bathroom bill, ' it can concur with the bill we passed earlier week", Straus told reporters during a Friday news conference. The Texas legislative session ends Monday - unless Abbott orders lawmakers back to work once it's over. Patrick has signaled willingness for a special session over a bathroom bill, although only Abbott can make that call.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., cited the flexibility the House bill would give states to determine coverage requirements and said, "That's why I'm actually comforted by the CBO report which shows, yeah, we'll lower premiums".

The Senate's original bill was similar to North Carolina's and Patrick has rejected the House's weakened version, though compromise is still possible in conference committee. "It's because this legislation is seeking to address a problem that does not exist". "And those of you who are staff, I would be concerned. The taxpayers deserve to have the Legislature finish their work on time", spokesman John Wittman said.

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House bill 2899 has 80 co-authors.

Republicans claim that tax is hurting the state, and want it gone.

Straus said Friday that the House will not appoint conferees to meet with the Senate on SB 2078, saying Patrick could accept the House version as is.

In threatening to push for legislative overtime, Patrick had deemed bathroom and property tax legislation as must-pass bills.

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Abbott is still expected to sign what amounts to Texas Republicans' counterpunch to last year's Supreme Court ruling, which struck down tough rules on abortion clinics and doctors and changed the landscape of abortion access in the nation's second-largest state.

Most job cuts would have come from shuttering a program created to help businesses, cities and counties increase recycling and reduce trash.

The pursuit of a so-called bathroom bill in Texas has roiled the Legislature for months, igniting opposition from the National Basketball Association, major corporations and LGBT rights groups. That would require retaining some of about $800 billion in Affordable Care Act taxes that the House measure repeals, or finding other cost savings in the federal budget.

Patrick has argued that letting transgender people use bathrooms, locker rooms and changing rooms that conform to their gender identity is a violation of "common sense, common decency and public safety".

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