Sunset legislation passed overnight, Texas Tribune talks what's to come

21 July, 2017, 01:03 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Texas Legislature Special Session begins

The photo has garnered almost 5,000 likes, with many praising Smith for her move. House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, is against the measure because of economic impact, and he says it could affect vulnerable Texans.

Smith said she took the photo with Abbott at his re-election announcement Friday.

The governor's office has not commented on the photo. He followed the Senate's Thursday move by releasing a proclamation around 1 a.m. expanding the special session's workload even further to include proposals to improve Texas' school finance system, which the all-Republican state Supreme Court declared barely constitutional a year ago. The bill was stalled after the contentious legislative session came to an end in May. The House and the Senate have both written different versions of the bill.

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"My goal is to again, try to get something done while we are here".

Patrick, the Senate president, called the senators back at midnight as part of an effort to put pressure on the House, which blocked many of Patrick's favored bills - including the bathroom bill and vouchers for students to use public funds to attend private school - during the regular session. Moreover, armed militia members were seen talking with Abbott staffers.

HRC called on the Texas legislature to reject two anti-transgender bills, SB3 and SB91, introduced overnight by Texas Sen.

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North Carolina partially repealed a similar law amid threats of costly boycotts.

The powerful Texas Association of Business, which has opposed anti-LGBT proposals for months, announced a $1 million radio advertising campaign on Thursday. Tech giant IBM ran a full-page ad in local publications that said the company "opposes any measure that would harm the state's LGBT+ community and make it hard for businesses to attract and retain talented Texans".

NBC 5 political reporter Julie Fine spoke to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Wednesday about the special session in Austin. "How will the Potty Police know I'm transgender if the governor doesn't?" she asked in the post.

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"I did not think [shouting] would work, or that I would be heard and was more interested in the getting the photograph and not getting thrown out", Smith told the San Antonio Express-News.



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