Texas' Patrick backs special session for 'bathroom bill'

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With deadlines looming, Lt. Gov. "If not passed in this regular session, I promised the voters i would get them real property tax reform, and I intend to do so if that means going to a special session".

Because Patrick wants two bills passed: SB 2 and SB 6.

"If we must go to a special session, I will respectfully ask the governor to add both of these bills plus other legislation that he has voiced support for in that special session call", Patrick said. The conservative House Freedom Caucus managed to block the House from passing its version of the "safety net" bill last week, leaving the Senate version as a critical measure.

House Speaker Joe Straus responded by calling "regrettable" Patrick's "threat to force a special session unless he gets everything his way". But he only explicitly mentioned the property tax legislation. "There's nothing to do about it now unless we come back and try to change it next session", Rodriguez said.

We implore Gov. Abbott to stop this cycle and to help improve the safety of our children in Texas; to force those in the education system to ethically do right by reporting these cases and for parents/guardians of these children to be aware of the situations so that these families can get the counseling and assistance they need to get on with their lives.

Abbott will nearly certainly abide by Patrick's wishes if it comes to that.

Only Governor Greg Abbott can order lawmakers back after the Legislature adjourns May 29, and he's said previously he's hesitant to do so. However, Governor Abbott has said he would like to see no fees.

"The final bill must provide genuine property tax relief".

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The bathroom legislation has stalled in the House. That provision is already stoking fear in Hispanic and immigrant communities, according to Democrats and immigrant-rights groups who say the wording is so broad that stops over broken taillights or speeding could lead to deportation. The measure would also prohibit local governments from adopting or enforcing local bathroom regulations. That's a reference to the Legislature's contentious "bathroom bill", which is separate legislation regulating transgender Texans' public restroom use. It did not advance out of a House committee ahead of a crucial deadline.

"Specifically, we are concerned about the ramifications a "bathroom bill" or any related amendment language would have on our tourism industry and local economy", said a letter addressed to Gov.

It also adds $80 million to the budget for state prison healthcare.

But Patrick may have an ally in Gov. Greg Abbott, who has called on lawmakers in Austin to pass a "bathroom bill".

In addition, notice must be given by the private, public or charter school district to the student's parents and/or legal guardians.

AUSTIN - An allocation of almost $800 million to make for a shortfall in Medicaid funding was approved Thursday by the Texas Senate's budget-writing panel.

House members have until 11:59 p.m. Friday to make a decision.

This is a developing story from The Texas Tribune and will be updated.

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