Texas House OKs budget but 'bathroom bill' still in limbo

Texas House OKs budget but 'bathroom bill' still in limbo

"It is the purposeful inaction of the Senate which puts us where we are today".

The determination for a Texas bill began with Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who controls the Senate and led Donald Trump's presidential campaign in Texas.

But House Minority Leader Darren Jackson of Wake County said the partially released GOP plan represents "a lot of missed opportunities". "Whether it was just not managing the calendar or whether it was purposefully done to kill legislation, I'm not sure".

Abbott, a social conservative presiding over his last legislative session before he faces re-election in 2018, has gone against his Republican peers by calling for such a law.

Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Cook, and the CEOs of 12 other tech companies have called on Texas Governor Greg Abbott to not pass "discriminatory legislation", as state lawmakers continue to debate a so-called "bathroom bill" that would affect transgender students.

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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. ME senator Susan Collins basically declared the bill a non-starter, and there are whispers that if some of these legislators get a bunch of blowback during the upcoming recess, they're not going to shill for this nonsense anymore when they return to Washington.

The bill includes a provision to sweep $71 million from the state fund earmarked for use on legislative pet pork projects.

The bill passed in the Senate by a 19-11 vote and in the House, 97-47.

Democrats said they think the bill will be found unconstitutional.

Straus has for months said the bill would hurt the state's economy, and he has been joined by top companies and businesses who say it sends a discriminatory message. "The taxpayers deserve to have the Legislature finish their work on time". Taylor agreed that the amendment language was unworkable. Hollywood and music stars have threatened boycotts if Texas passes a law, and the National Football League and NBA have hinted that future events could be pulled out of the state - even though Houston hosted the last Super Bowl in February. "The big difference in Texas is they have been taken seriously".

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This would leave the the state without an agency whose job it is to police doctors who practice in the state.

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.

The predicament is reminiscent of 2009, when both chambers failed to pass another "sunset safety bill" to keep state agencies like the Texas Department of Transportation and the Racing Commission from shutting down.

"Joe Straus is the one causing the special session", Patrick said.

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