Texas House rejects attempts to strengthen 'bathroom bill'

Texas House rejects attempts to strengthen 'bathroom bill'

McConnell declined to discuss what he'd like to see in the bill and wouldn't provide a timeline for producing a draft measure, the report said. "This is going to require compromise.by both sides".

The Senate months ago approved a sweeping proposal requiring transgender people to use public restrooms corresponding to the gender on their birth certificates - similar to a law that sparked national outcry and boycotts worth billions of dollars in lost revenue when North Carolina approved a similar measure past year.

The bill is one of several loosening firearms restrictions this legislative session in Texas.

On property taxes, Abbott said he wants "real constraints on the rise in property taxes on our fellow Texans". The Senate's changes to House Bill 107 would have raised the state's consumer sales tax to 7.25 percent in exchange for changes to the personal income tax rates.

"I don't know how we get to 50 (votes) at the moment". "We have enough time to resolve these issues in regular session".

Gov. Greg Abbott, center, shakes hands with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick after he signed SB7, a bill to address inappropriate teacher-student relationships, after he signed it during a ceremony at the Texas Capitol in Austin, Thursday, May 25, 2017, in Austin.

"I'm prepared to give people property tax relief", Patrick told reporters. "We took steps to prepare for a tough budget cycle".

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The budget also calls for a 15 percent, or $7.4 billion reduction, in housing and community development assistance. About $60 billion of that is annual "mandatory spending", including road repairs paid through gas tax collections.

Talk of a special session has consumed the Legislature in recent days, especially following Patrick's ultimatum to the House.

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

"If this were just about the budget, this wouldn't be a concern", Hughes said.

"Others have been added, but frankly is the truth is with respect to this issue, that every senator is going to have a voice", Sen. "I think it's always helpful to have some public hearings and bring in some experts". I still believe that there is a chance that we come to agreement and pass bills which tackle all of the aforementioned items. "Now we'll have a base of a Senate bill based on all these discussions, based on what the House did, based on the CBO score", he continued, referring to analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, which measures the budgetary impact of all legislation.

Now representing District 69 for his 3rd term in the Texas House of Representatives, State Rep. James Frank serves as the Vice-Chair of the Human Services Committee, and is on the Natural Resources Committee and the Local & Consent Calendars Committee.

Action on the tax, education and budget fronts is scheduled to resume at 10 a.m. Tuesday along with an effort to wrap up voting on bills related to requirements of abortion providers and the exemption of public health facilities from state law granting access to people carrying concealed weapons. "I think that given those sorts of comments, that sort of lack of awareness, really lack of concern, I think it's fair for people to be anxious that without a voice like that at the table, those kinds of decisions we would see coming out of the Senate".